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Close to the Wind: A Story of Escape and Survival out of the Ashes of Singapore 1942

Close to the Wind: A Story of Escape and Survival out of the Ashes of Singapore 1942
 

in 1940, a group of Auckland yachtsmen and Royal Navy volunteers left for the war. Leonard Hill, a young Maori sailor, and his friends arrived in Singapore under siege. They manned fast motor launches, raiding and rescuing Allies from behind enemy lies. This is the story of how t... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781775503491
Published 27 February 2019 by Huia Publishers
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Hill, David B.
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ISBN-13 9781775503491
ISBN-10 1775503496
Stock Available
Status Pre-order title, release date has been delayed
Publisher Huia Publishers
Imprint Huia Publishers
Publication Date 27 February 2019
International Publication Date 1 March 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Hill, David B.
Category Biography & Autobiography
World History: Second World War
Military History
Naval Forces & Warfare
War & Defence Operations
Battles & Campaigns
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Maori
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 340
Dimensions Width: 210mm
Height: 138mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 940.5459930922
Catalogue Code 954247

Description of this Book

In May 1940, a group of Auckland yachtsmen who were members of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve left for the war. Leonard Hill, a young Maori sailor, and his friends arrived in Singapore under siege. Playing to their strengths as small boat sailors, they manned fast motor launches, raiding and rescuing Allies from behind enemy lines. On the night of 13 February 1942, the eve of the fall of Singapore, they took two Fairmiles, ML310 and ML311, to evacuate members of the Allied High Command and survivors of sinking vessels. Hunted down by the Japanese, most of the almost one hundred men perished. Some became POWs, and of those who attempted to escape, only three succeeded: Leonard Hill, Herbert 'Johnny' Bull and Andrew Brough. This is the story of how they evaded the Japanese and survived.

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Author's Bio

David B. Hill (Ngapuhi/Te Tahawai) is a writer and tour guide. From an early age, David's passions have been history and travel, and he has spent much of his time on both. Embarking on a career as a guide as a young adult, he has travelled extensively internationally. He now focuses on leading tours closer to home and telling tourists stories of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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