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Secrets of the Conqueror: The Untold Story of Britain's Most Famous Submarine
 
 

Secrets of the Conqueror: The Untold Story of Britain's Most Famous Submarine [Kindle Edition]

Stuart Prebble
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'Thirty years on, and the story of [Operation Barmaid], classified Top Secret to this day, is being told.' --Telegraph
'Prebble writes concretely and well about the vessel and life on board it' --Guardian

'The story of [the] HMS Conqueror ... is truly uplifting' --Daily Telegraph

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The extraordinary and until now secret story of what Britain's most famous submarine did before and after the Falklands War: a cold war exploit that puts Bond in the shade.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2383 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Non Fiction (12 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008QO93FU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,470 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Three stories in one. 30 Dec 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
In a nut shell this book is about three different parts of Conqueror's history:
1) The Falklands - Which is very interesting and detailed, but doesn't reveal anything new.
2) The Political fallout of the Government's lies and their shameful attempt to cover them up by smearing some of the crew/civil service.
3) A top secret cold war operation that took place just after the Falklands war.
All three sections are interesting, the middle section probably being the most intriguing regardless of the fact it has little to do with the sub itself.

Overall a very good book. I just wish there were more details on the cold war ops, but as the author pointed out, many of these are still covered by the official secrets act.
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Conqueror Secrets 15 Jan 2013
Format:Hardcover
I have few quibbles with the first 138 pages of the book which were factual and interesting. The next 40 pages are devoted to a tedious blow by blow account of Tam Dalyell's crusade against Margaret Thatcher, making me cross enough to vent my opinions. With these reservations on a very readable book, I have reduced my rating from 4* to 3* hoping Mr Prebble will read them.

Firstly, the whole Barmaid operation was fascinating and news to me. The supreme ship-handling skill of Commander Wreford-Brown deserves recognition but one wonders why the MOD allowed any details to be published. The Russian Navy is the same as that under the USSR and to hear that we had stolen the towed array from an AGI in the Barents Sea and possibly from within their territorial waters will not go down well at all. The Russians have long memories.

Chapter 16 exposes the disgraceful way the 'Media' acts and was an eye opener. Regarding defamation, the fact that when World in Action is faced with legal action for wrongly defaming an innocent person, the Lawyers ask 'Is he rich?' and if the answer is 'No' then they worry less. The Mail-on-Sunday's bullying tactics and the attempt to 'secure their costs' are distasteful. Stuart Prebble may regard himself as a distinguished journalist and fearless exposer of the truth. He also gives the impression in page after page that his 'left of centre' views are correct and to be admired. With reluctance, he accepts (page 147) that the electorate disagreed with him both in 1983 and 1987.

Prebble quotes statements by Admiral Sir Terence Lewin on page 210 '...adamant that there was no discussion or knowledge of the peace plan when the decision was made' and on page 212 '...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile Read 7 Dec 2012
By Dan
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I enjoyed this book and was gripped by the first half which included the operational story of HMS Conqueror, but I did feel it went a bit flat towards the end. Still a good book overall though.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars True to life 26 Oct 2012
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It was good to see a book of this type published and exposing some of the heat of the Cold War that we subamriners operated in during the 70's and 80's.

I served on the Conqueror during all three of the Barmaid operations so I can say with hand on heart what was written, however sparse regarding Barmaid is truthful.

What I did not know about because he had left the RN was the way Sethia was being treated, so the exposure of the tricks and nastiness that he was exposed to were of interest and form part of the overall story.I hope a few politicians might read the book and hang their heads.

This book is well written and within the limitations the author had to work under, he cannot offer a bibliography or references as the people who spoke could still potentially be tried under the OSA and the logs are still 'missing'.

Secrets of the Conqueror: The Untold Story of Britain's Most Famous Submarine
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 27 Aug 2013
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More than just one sinking, this is the back story. Well told and held my attention from start ti finish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A insight into the silent service 15 Mar 2013
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An interesting story about the truth and political shenanigans that followed the sinking of the Belgrano. The story also gives a little known in sight into the unknown espionage that took place during the "Cold War". Easy and interesting reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, really enjoyed the read 9 Mar 2013
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Loved the book, very factual and correct to real life in the submarine service (speaking as an ex-submariner during the cold war)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to see the RN geting some credit 17 Oct 2012
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An interesting read which finally throws some light onto British cold war Submarine operations and a welcome addition to a few other books such as "Blind mans buff" and the fascinating "Silent War" by John P. Craven. The operations described here actually interested me a great deal more than the actual Belgrano incident and all of its' subsequent fall out. Politically, the book does no favours to the government of the day and does much to illustrate the mood and feeling of the time. All in all, a good book that is well worthwhile for any cold war student and a rare glimpse into the less publicised world of undersea operations.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars you will be disappointed and will have to find out the information...
The only new piece of information disclosed was OPERATION BARMAID.

This book mainly centres on the Officer who kept a private diary of events from the sinking of the ARA... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Mrs. L. Henderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Real life story of James Bond antics in the Artic seas
Published 1 month ago by Mr. G. P. Emsden
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written
Well written and gives a lot of bacground to the operations as well as a human side to the crew members.
Published 1 month ago by Mr R J Stokes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great story, difficult to put it down!
Published 1 month ago by Steve Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth stranger than fiction
You will not believe what you read in this book. These men risked everything to prove that submarine detection was due to a spy leaking information. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Book Fairy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read if you like the cold war era.
Published 1 month ago by MCC
4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant read
A great read for anyone with an interest in the Submarine Service, gripping page turner with good presentation and explanation of technical issues
Published 2 months ago by Steve Lawson
4.0 out of 5 stars Thatcher
Just shows you how twisted politicians can be. So many lives lost for the sake of saving "Her " skin in government. JK
Published 2 months ago by drummer1947
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
A very interesting read very informative .
Published 3 months ago by uel
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding the truth at last!!!
Truly spellbinding account of a recent period of history. Being an ex-Diesel Boat rating of the 60's can well understand the goings on. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Portland Bill
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