H. M. S. Amethyst, Yangste River, 19/4/49 to 31/7/49: Diary of Leslie Frank, Coxswain

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Title H. M. S. Amethyst, Yangste River, 19/4/49 to 31/7/49: Diary of Leslie Frank, Coxswain
Author Coxswain, L. Frank
Subject World War 2
Binding Paperback
Publisher C. G. Bainbridge + Ron Penhall
Publisher Year 1972
Condition Fine
Description Oversized softcover. Binding tight, inner pages crisp and clean. ; A high quality photographic copy of the personal diary of Lesley Frank, Coxswain on the H. M. S. Amethyst, giving his observations of the historic Yangste Incident, which heralded the dropping of the Bamboo Curtain. "It is exact in every detail, including photographs and memos that Acting Petty Officer Frank had inserted between the pages of the original, " said C. G. Bainbridge in his introduction. Amethyst was on her way from Shanghai to Nanjing (Nanking) on the Yangtze River to stand as guard ship for the British Embassy there, due to the Chinese Civil War between the Kuomintang (KMT) and the Chinese Communists. The ship came under fire from one and then another People's Liberation Army (PLA) field gun battery, sustaining heavy damage. It would be more than three months before the frigate escaped to Hong Kong. In the 1957 film Yangtse Incident: The Story of HMS Amethyst (released as Battle Hell in the US, and also as Escape of the Amethyst and Their Greatest Glory) starring Richard Todd as Kerans, Amethyst re-enacted her role. The soiling shown on the cover is part of the original.

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