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On Her Majesty's Nuclear Service Commodore Eric Thompson
On Her Majesty's Nuclear Service Commodore Eric Thompson

On Her Majesty's Nuclear Service - Commodore Eric Thompson

Oxford & Philadelphia: Casemate, 2018, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Previous owners' name & date to the first blank.

Signed by the author, with dedication, on the title page — without provenance. Includes: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Glossary;

From the cover: “During the Cold War, nuclear submarines performed the greatest public service of all: prevention of a third world war. History shows that they succeeded; the Cold War ended peacefully, but for security reasons, only now can this story be told.

Eric Thompson is a career nuclear submarine officer who served from the first days of the Polaris missile boats until after the end of the Cold War. He joined the Navy in the last days of Empire, made his first sorties in former World War II submarines and ended up as the top engineer in charge of the navy’s nuclear power plants. Along the way, he helped develop all manner of kit, from guided torpedoes to the Trident ballistic missile system.

In this vivid personal account of his submarine operations, he reveals what it was like to literally have your finger on the nuclear button. In his journey, the author leads the reader through top-secret submarine patrols, hush-hush scientific trials, underwater weapon developments, public relations battles with nuclear protesters, arm-wrestling with politicians, the procedures needed for a nuclear weapon to be fired, and how the Prime Minister informs the submarine they are to do so. It is essentially a human story, rich in both drama and comedy, like the trawler that played dance music at passing submarines. There was never a dull moment.

Behind the lighter moments was a deadly serious game. This, the inside story of Britain’s nuclear deterrent, reveals the hidden world of submarines and the men who served on them. From the Cold War onwards, nuclear submarines have become the front line; this memoir reveals what it was like to participate in this secretive and high stakes form of warfare.”


Jacket designed by Katie Gabriel Allen. Foreword or introduction by Admiral of the Fleet the Lord Boyce. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 265 pages.
£15.80
On Her Majesty's Nuclear Service Commodore Eric Thompson