A BRITISH ACHILLES: THE STORY OF GEORGE, 2ND EARL JELLICOE KBE, DSO, MC, FRS: SOLDIER, DIPLOMAT, POLITICIAN.

Windmill, Lorna Almonds.


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Barnsley, 1st ed., 2005. Xxii + 278 pp., 36 photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Tiny tear to top of d.j., o/w FINE. George Jellicoe, the son of a Battle of Jutland sailor hero, led a life that was a rich blend of military adventure, political power and intrigue flavoured with a liberal sprinkling of scandal. During the Second World War he joined the newly-formed SAS 'L' Detachment and went on to be the first Commander of the Special Boat Squadron operating with the SOE and raiding enemy-occupied Greek islands before liberating Athens on a bicycle. These exploits won him a DSO and MC. As a post-war Diplomat he unwittingly worked closely with the Cambridge spies in Washington, before heading up the Soviet Desk at the Foreign Office at the height of the Cold War. But his Achilles heel was women and he had to resign following an extra-marital affair. Turning to politics, he quickly rose to Cabinet rank as Leader of the House of Lords in the Heath Government again being forced to step down over a sex scandal in 1973. Thanks to George Jellicoe's diaries and letters, this book throws important light on the inner working of Cabinet Government.


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