THE MAN AROUND THE ENGINE. LIFE BELOW THE WATERLINE.

Le Bailly, Vice-Admiral Sir Louis.


£35.00




Emsworth, 1st.ed., 1990. 186 pp., 24 photo-ills & 2 maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. The autobiography of Vice-Admiral Le Bailly, describing his experiences below decks aboard the cruiser HMS NAIAD which saw a great deal of action in the Mediterranean during the Second World War, until she was torpedoed and sunk – with the author in the engine room being the last to be rescued. This is possibly the first account of a naval engineer’s experiences in the war, and it gives some idea of the dangers and feelings of being below the waterline when a ship is under attack. Le Bailly went on to become British Naval Attaché in Washington and then Director General of Intelligence for all three services at the Ministry of Defence. FINE copy.


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