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Hostage on the Yangtze: Britain, China, and the Amethyst Crisis of 1949
 
 

Hostage on the Yangtze: Britain, China, and the Amethyst Crisis of 1949 [Kindle Edition]

Malcolm H. Murfett
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In 1949, as the Chinese Civil War was about to enter its final, explosive stage, the small British frigate HMS Amethyst was sent on a dangerous mission up the Yangtze River to protect British citizens in Nanking. En route it was attacked by the Chinese Communists and held hostage on the river for several months before the crew managed to make a daring escape.

The 'Amethyst' captured news headlines around the world and became an unlikely symbol of the cold war in Asia. This dramatic episode, hailed in the West as a triumph of the human spirit but bitterly condemned by the Chinese Communists, was to prejudice Anglo-Chinese relations for years to come.

Using sources not previously available, Malcolm Murfett has written a book that is much more than an account of a single incident. It provides a sweeping survey of British naval power in China, from its faltering and inept beginnings in the late 1630s right up to the establishment of the People's Republic in 1949. In explaining the importance of the Amethyst episode in the history of Anglo-Chinese naval relations, Murfett suggests that it was the final poignant break with the past.

Readers will find Hostage on the Yangtze to be a fascinating tale of high adventure, imperialistic oppression, diplomatic shortcomings, and political repercussions - a mixture that culminates in one of the most dramatic and memorable crises of the post-war world.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1874 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (15 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H6UOIDW
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine read, well written and researched! 19 April 1999
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I am a son of one of the officers on board the Ameythyst, There are only a handfull of men still alive, from one of the most daring escapes when the Amethyst was stuck on a sandbank. Many were wounded and killed my father was wounded and is suffering post traumatic stress syndrome to this day. We lived in Singapore as children during the 1950's the stress upon our family was terrific, He left us when I was 7 years old when we returned to Britain. If anyone wants to contact me please feel free to do so, not much research has gone into the family life after the fact, If the author would like to contact me please do. My fathers name is C.P.O. R Nicholls my name is Steven
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Four Ships 28 Mar 2002
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Let me start off by saying that my father was in the wheelhouse of this ship HMS Amethyst April 20th during the Chinese civil war and was one of those who were seriously wounded. I find the book very interesting and a jolly good read.
If anyone would like to know more about the fourships, that is the Amethyst, Consort, London & Black Swan please visit my web site.
All of the men who died are listed as well as all of the men who were taken aboard the USS Repose AH16 Hospital Ship...
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