Leo Cooper, 1st.ed., 1987. X + 196 pp., 18 photo-plates & 5 maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Obituary of the author, Cmdr. Richard Pool, DSC, RN, tipped in. The author's account of his varied experiences as a naval officer during the Second World War. He took part in North Atlantic convoy operations and was present at the seizure of French ships in Portsmouth. He served aboard the battlecruiser REPULSE and was a survivor from her sinking by Japanese aircraft off the coast of Malaya. He witnessed the short and disastrous Malayan campaign which led to the fall of Singapore. In February 1942, in the final evacuation, he sailed out of Singapore leading two Fairmile Motor Launches with high-ranking officers but was intercepted by Japanese warships and driven ashore. He lived on the desert island for 4 months before, with others who had survived the ordeal, he escaped in a native fishing boat. Eventually he was captured by the Japanese and spent the rest of the war on the infamous Burma railway across the River Kwai. FINE copy.