Secret Naval Investigator (Hardback)
The Battle Against Hitler's Secret Underwater Weapons
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In the lead-up to the Second World War, Ashe Lincoln, a junior barrister, had enlisted in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve as a Sub-Lieutenant. On the outbreak of war he became determined to serve at sea and was posted to minelayers. But a mysterious midnight summons sent him hurrying from his ship to the Admiralty in London and a top-secret conference presided over by Winston Churchill.
Ashe Lincoln soon found himself pitting his wits against brilliantly skilful German scientists and technicians. These were the men Hitler had entrusted to devise secret underwater weapons sea mines and torpedoes of new and often unsuspected types to destroy Britains seapower and starve its population into surrender. The part that Ashe Lincoln played in this battle had been decided upon because he was a naval officer who combined legal training with a specialist knowledge in this particular aspect of naval warfare.
In time, Lincoln began a key figure in a small group in the Admiralty whose exploits have been almost forgotten. He found himself in extraordinary situations, including crouching on a bleak Scottish hillside dealing with the first parachute mine knowing that Goering had boasted that no-one would live to do this. His story is a remarkable blend of deductive enterprise and courage.
There are many aspects of this book that makes one sit up. The incredible number of George Cross and George Medals awarded to those involved in what was described as 'rendering mines safe', sadly many of them posthumous, is testament to the courage of those who dealt with the mine menace.Scuttlebutt Edition 55
The author died in 1998, but his simple statement in his introduction that 'his overall recollection is one of great pleasure and a feeling of gratitude for having had the privilege of serving' is very humbling.
First published in 1961, this is an amazing tale of individual heroism which fully merits being republished and is very highly recommended.
A featured inBritain at War – September 2017
First published in 1961, this is an amazing tale of individual heroism which fully merits being republished and is very highly recommended.Scuttlebutt
As featured onTon Class Association
The author died in 1989, aged 90, but fortunately he took the time to write this enthralling account of one of the least told important stories of WWII. The Royal Navy attracted a wide range of very different individuals to the Royal Naval VolunteerFiretrench
Reserve in the months before the outbreak of WWII. The author was a barrister who became a specialist in investigating German underwater weapons and neutralising them – Very Highly Recommended.
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