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Being Silent They Speak: The Story of a WWII Submarine Unbeaten

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  • Paperback: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Stand-Easy (31 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957392508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957392502
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1.5 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 79 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,232,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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His Majesty’s Submarine Unbeaten was last heard from via a signal sent to Flag Officer Submarines on 1 November 1942. The signal simply stated: ‘Operation Bluestone completed’. After this date the 58-metre British U-Class submarine inexplicably disappeared. Unbeaten was fully operational for just over two years. During her short tenure she successfully returned to war-torn Malta many times, symbolically flying her Jolly Roger. Being Silent They Speak endeavours to highlight the varied triumphs, tragedies, events and sacrifices of submarine life during World War II. This meticulously researched true story follows Unbeaten through her build at Vickers of Barrow, her war deployment to Malta and back, and then on to the submarine’s final departure from Holy Loch.  The crew of Unbeaten were the last to see the legendary British submarine HMS/M Upholder before her Commanding Officer Lt. David Wanklyn VC and his indomitable crew also disappeared forever. Several submarines have had books written about them. Unbeaten’s activities were no less daring than those of Upholder or any other submarine taking part in World War II.

Exactly 70 years on, this compelling and revealing book encompasses all of Unbeaten’s war patrols and expands on her final clandestine tasking in November 1942. The account of this secret operation, concludes with an extreme twist of fate, which could leave the final chapter open forever and the last crew of Unbeaten still on patrol.

Admiral Sir James Perowne KBE writes about Being Silent They Speak..."All this has been painstakingly researched by the author who has done a magnificent job in putting her exploits together not only in a readable way but also capturing the highs and lows, the exhilaration and the terror of these dangerous and demanding patrols".


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