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Author Name:    WARNER, Oliver CUNNINGHAM OF HYNDHOPE, Viscount

Title:   Cunningham of Hyndhope, Admiral of the Fleet : A Memoir. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    John Murray, London, 1967, 

Seller ID:   109424

WARNER, Oliver. Cunningham of Hyndhope, Admiral of the Fleet : A Memoir. (London) : John Murray, (1967). First Edition. Pp (6),[vii]-viii,(2),[1]-301,(1), frontispiece portrait + 16 pp plates + one folding map. Index. 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine, top edge dyed blue. Law 0679. "Admiral of the Fleet Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope (1883-1963) was the greatest naval officer of his era. 'His campaign in the Mediterranean'. wrote Admiral Sir William James of Cunningham's achievements in World War II, 'will bear comparison with any in our naval history. So much hard fighting has never before been crowded into a similar period. He was a sea captain who had mastered every aspect of maritime war.' At the age of sixty, in 1943, while on active service, Cunningham reached the highest rank in his profession. In the same year, as First Sea Lord, he became one of that triumvirate of Chiefs of Staff with Field Marshal Lord Alanbrooke and Marshal of the R.A.F. Lord Portal, who, under Sir Winston Churchill, guided Britain to the final stages of victory. Now, while his leadership is still clear in the memory of those who served with him, and while the impressions of some of his older friends are still available, Lady Cunningham has authorised a Memoir which relates much that Lord Cunningham could not say about himself in his autobiography, A Sailor's Odyssey. Fresh information is provided by many who knew him best including Lord Mount batten, Lord Portal and General Eisenhower, and by illustrations, many hitherto unpublished. This account of a full and eventful life shows why a plaque to commemorate Lord Cunningham has been placed in the crypt of St Paul's beside memorials of Nelson, Collingwood, Jellicoe and Beatty, and a bust of him has been put in Trafalgar Square where he is the only Admiral of the Second World War whose service to his country has thus been marked." (from the dj). Contents : 1. The Years of Preparation; 2. The First World War; 3. Baltic Interlude; 4. Senior Officer; 5. Mediterranean Destroyers; 6. Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean; 7. Interlude at Washington; 8. Happy Return;. 9. First Sea Lord; 10. Warrior at Home. Some foxing to fore-edge and front endpapers, else very good in nicked, unclipped dustjacket. 22.00


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