The Black Pit.and Beyond

Karchmar, Jane

Verlag: General Store Pub. House, 2000
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Inhaltsangabe: It is December 26, and the author, a Merchant Navy radio officer, is sailing on the SCOTTISH HEATHER into the infamous 'black pit,' an area where German U-boats can operate freely on the surface without fear of attack from the air. What happens next is just the beginning of a chilling, first-person account of the realities of the war at sea, as experienced by a young man in his late teens. Still trying to come to terms with the his father's death, his childhood experiences at the hands of the nuns, and the need to distance himself from his mother, young Gordon copes with seasickness and the constant threat of torpedoes.

About the Author: Too young to enlist in the armed forces, Gordon Mumford served as a Merchant Navy radio officer (1942-47) in the North Atlantic, Europe, Mediterranean, and Pacific war theatres. After the war, he worked as a field services technician in East Africa in the 1950s. He was a member of the small team that surveyed, then constructed the 1000-mile long VHF radio-repeater route for long distance telecommunications. They explored virtually unknown places in East Africa in the search for the best route for a modern radiotelephone system. The route took them from mountain to mountain, across the deserts, swamps, and plains, in all sorts of weather. Living under canvas for months at a time, they faced extremes in weather conditions, ruggers country, and wild animals. Halfway into the project, however, they faced more danger than they had bargained for. The Kikuyu tribe in the central province of Kenya rebelled against British rule (Mau Mau), and the safari crew found themselves in the midst of a savage civil war. He immigrated to Canada in 1958. After qualifying as a teacher, he returned to Kenya in 1961. He and his family spent the next 20 years in Africa, where he worked as a technical instructor in Kenya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Indonesia, under contract to UNESCO, CIDA, and other international aid programs. He returned to Canada in 1981 where he worked for the Pacific Region of Communications Canada, serving as the federal government emergency planning liaison officer. After his retirement, he began writing. In addition to three books about the Merchant Navy, he is now writing about his experiences in Africa in the 1950s.

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Titel: The Black Pit.and Beyond
Verlag: General Store Pub. House
Erscheinungsdatum: 2000
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