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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 9781775503682
Published 1 March 2019 by Faber Factory
Available in EPUB format
Software Read in Browser or Adobe Ebook Compatible Device
Language en
Author(s) By Hill, David B.
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ISBN-13 9781775503682
ISBN-10
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher Faber Factory
Imprint Huia Publishers
Publication Date 1 March 2019
Publication Country
Format EPUB ebook
Author(s) By Hill, David B.
Category War Fiction
History
World History: Second World War
Military History
Naval Forces & Warfare
War & Defence Operations
Civil War
Battles & Campaigns
Technology, Engineering & Agriculture
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Maori
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 340
Dimensions Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Dewey Code 940.5459930922
Catalogue Code 983540

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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. World won the NgA Kupu Ora Best MAori Biography of the Year Award. Bradford says, aMy interest in storytelling is primarily based on the power of the story a to convey a message that will stimulate conversation and ultimately transform hearts, minds and communities.a

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