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Colonel Strutt's Daring Royal Mission (ePub)

The Secret British Rescue of the Habsburg Family, 1919

Military P&S History > British History P&S History > By Century > 20th Century P&S History > Royal History WWI > Biography & Memoirs

By Diana Tritton
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 13.7 MB (.epub)
Pages: 208
Illustrations: 8 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781399060448
Published: 6th March 2023


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"An adventure story of daring and courage, superbly researched and written, and immensely rewarding to read." ~ Simon Heffer

Four Empires were extinguished by the Great War 1914-18 – the Ottoman, German, Russian and Austro-Hungarian. This is the story of the rescue of one of these Imperial families – the Habsburgs, who might well have suffered the fate of the Romanovs without the intervention of one British officer sent in secret by King George V of England.

In January 1919, Lt. Colonel Edward Lisle Strutt, laden with medals and decorations, was on his way home from the Eastern Front when he was waylaid and ordered to Austria. He was irate when he learned the nature of his mission and tried to refuse. How could they ask him to give aid to the enemy he had just spend four miserable years fighting? To his great surprise he was to change his mind when he met and became enthralled by Zita Empress of Austria-Hungary. Thereafter, he was hers to command despite the danger to his life and career.

Fortunately for us he kept a diary of the next three months which was lodged in the Royal archive at Windsor where it lay forgotten for the next 70 years. This is one of the great adventure stories of the Great War and Col. Strutt deserves to be better known.

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About Diana Tritton

Diana Tritton has a degree in English from the University of California and was a senior advertising copywriter. She has spent many years researching the people and places all over Europe mentioned in the text and paints an intimate and graphic picture of people, locations - often exotic - and history. She has deeply researched the aftermath of the First World War on the Macedonian Front, the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Imperial family, and on the role of her principal character, Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Lisle Strutt, whose Diary forms the basis of the narrative.

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