Affair of Chances. A Submariner's Odyssey 1939-44

By: McGEOCH, Ian

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McGEOCH, Ian. An Affair of Chances. A Submariner's Odyssey 1939-44. London:Imperial War Museum, London, (1991). Pp (4),5-221,(3), including portrait frontispiece. Some photo-illustraions in the text. Large 8vo, blue cloth. With foreword by Admiralof the Fleet, Lord Lewin. "On 21 April 1943 HM Submarine Splendid was patrolling off the Bay of Naples. In five previous patrols, operating against ships taking vital supplies from Italy to the Axis armies in Tunisia, she had sunk a destroyer and more merchant tonnage than anyother Allied submarine during the same period. But her luck was about to r un out. In a dramatic and unexpected encounter with a crack German destroyer the Splendid was depth-charged and forced to the surface, where gunfire killed several of her crew as they abandoned the sinking submarine. Her captain, Lieutenant Ian McGeoch DSO RN, though wounded, was among those who survived to become prisoners of war. In An Affair of Chances he relates with authority and humour his wartime experiences as a submariner up to this fateful incident and his subsequent attempts to escape. Determined to get back to England and displaying remarkable independence and resourcefulness, he set out on an odyssey which was to take him from the parched landscape of Italy to the fleshpots of neutral Switzerland and from there, with the help of the French Resistance, across occupied France to a squalid Spanish gaol. Just over a year after his capture he made it home and resumed his naval career. This action-packed personal account by one of Britain's leading exponents of submarine warfare is certain to take its place in the annals of classic Second World War escape stories. " from the dj. Vg in vg dj. 30.00

Title: Affair of Chances. A Submariner's Odyssey 1939-44

Author Name: McGEOCH, Ian

Categories: 888,

Publisher: Imperial War Museum, London, 1991,:

Seller ID: 83150

Keywords: NAVAL NAUTICAL SUBS WAR HISTORY SUBMARINES BRITISH ENGLISH ROYAL NAVY BIOGRAPHY,