Invergordon Scapegoat : The Betrayal of Admiral Tomkinson. First Edition

By: COLES, Alan

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COLES, Alan. Invergordon Scapegoat [dustjackets adds subtitle: The Betrayal of Admiral Tomkinson.] (Stroud, Gloucestershire / Dover, N.H.) : Allan Sutton, (1993). First Edition. Pp (4),[v]-x,1-193 + 14 pages of b&w photos and other illustrations. 8vo, black cloth, gilt lettering to spine.

A reinterpretation of the 1931 "outbreak of indiscipline" at the Royal Navy anchorage at Invergordon which seeks to exonnerate Admiral Wilfred Tomkinson, in part by emphasizing the truly incendiary situation he faced as acting Commander in Chief, Atlantic Fleet.

"Did Admiral Wilfred Tomkinson preserve the social structure of Britain and prevent a red revolution by his mild handling of the Royal Navy's mutiny at Invergordon in September 1931? This is the question posed by Invergordon Scapegoat, an intriguing insight into the life of the senior officer who was betrayed by his friends at the Admiralty, many of whom thought he should have turned his ships' guns on the mutineers.Tomkinson was never allowed a chance to give his version of the mutiny at an official inquiry or court martial, but instead was thrust into involuntary retirement when on the brink of becoming a Sea Lord. Yet his earlier career - as a protege and friend of the swashbuckling Admiral Roger Keyes - had been exemplary. He fought courageously in the Boxer Rebellion, commanded one of the first submarine flotillas, fought in the opening naval battles of the First World War, and saw close-range action at Keyes's side in the epic Zeebrugge raid.

Alan Coles is the first biographer of the `faceless' admiral who has hitherto been largely ignored by historians. Drawing on many previously unpublished letters and diaries he attempts to reveal the truth behind the mutiny at Invergordon, raising uneasy questions about the background to this dramatic event in British naval history."

Prologue;
1. Tomkinson Dynasty;
2. Famed Friendship;
3. Boxer Rebellion
4. Bravest Man of Year;
5. Destroyer Captain
6. Battle of Heligoland;
7. Disenchanted by Blunders;
8. Battle of Dogger Bank;
9. Venetian Venture;
10. Caught in the Vortex;
11. The Great Plan;
12. St George's Day Raid;
13. Last 'Big Push';
14. Hood and the Mediterranean;
15. Royal Oak Farce;
16. Mutiny or Disaffection;
17. Unofficial Inquiry;
18. The Axe Falls;
19. Last Confrontations
Epilogue.
With notes, bibliography, and index.

Very slightly rubbed, else very good. 30.00

Title: Invergordon Scapegoat : The Betrayal of Admiral Tomkinson. First Edition

Author Name: COLES, Alan

Categories: 40,

Publisher: Allan Sutton, 1993,: 1993

ISBN Number: 0750902337

ISBN Number 13: 9780750902335

Seller ID: 32175

Keywords: NAUTICAL NAVAL UNITED KINGDOM MUTINY SEAMEN SAILORS DEPRESSION 20TH BRITISH ENGLISH HISTORY DEPRESSION NAVY RN LABOUR LABOR WORKERS MUTINIES ADMRIALS BIOGRAPHY BIOGRAPHIES,