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  1. One unexpected pleasure from promoting my forthcoming book on Facebook, via the Submariners' Association and Friends of the Submarine Museum networks, plus on this website is that I have been contacted by an array of interested and interesting people.

    For examples, I have been contacted by the son of one of my father's shipmates in the ill-fated HMS Intrepid which was sunk by German bombers at Leros in the Greek Dodecanese and also been contacted by the grandson of another. They were both researching their father/grandfather's history which I share with them. I was in my mother's womb when Intrepdid went down and was given my father's name at birth, but he re-appeared later having been helped to escape by the Greek Resistance.

    I have also been contacted by the very man who appears on the after casing of HMS Repulse in a painting I commissioned and donated to the Wardroom of HMS Neptune at Faslane when I retired from the Navy. Repulse was the last of the Polaris missile submarines and the painting was of her leaving the Gareloch for the last time on her way to the scrapyard. I had provided the artist with a photograph and he had faithfully painted in the men on the bridge and the solitary sailor on the after casing who was holding the end of the long paying-off pennant. I had never really considered that these were real people. He was terribly pleased to have been immortalised in the painting.

    Another contact is Jim McCrum who was a reactor panel operator in HMS Revenge. He was sitting right in front of me when we suffered a major steam leak. The incident is described in my book. Jim did exactly the right things in the (literally) heat of the moment. I have not seen him since I left Revenge back in 1978. We're going to meet for a beer in the New Year.

    Finally, I was contacted by the wife of one of our Mechanics in Revenge and put in touch with the mother of Leading Mechanic James 'Bungy' McWilliams who was awarded a Queen's Gallantry Medal for his bravery in the steam leak emergency but tragically murdered later in a street fight in Liverpool whilst still a young man.

  2. Have now moved from writing to marketing! Here is the first sales flier (postcard size).


    By Eric Thompson

    The first memoir by a Royal Navy nuclear submarine officer, this is the inside story of the men who ensured that 'Mutually Assured Destruction' was maintained at all times during the Cold War and beyond.

    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 patrols in World War II type submarines and ended up as Commodore in charge of Britain's principal nuclear submarine base at Faslane. Along the way, he helped develop all manner of things from stealth technology to underwater guided weapons and the Trident ballistic missile system.

    This vivid personal account reveals what it felt like to be ready to obey the Prime Ministerial order to launch a nuclear counter strike. He leads the reader through dramas as diverse as top-secret patrols, hush-hush scientific trials, disobedient torpedoes, blocked underwater toilets, public relations battles with nuclear protesters, arm-wrestling with politicians, separation from loved ones and the changing roles of females and homosexuals in the Navy. It is essentially a human story, rich in both drama and comedy, like the Russian spy trawler that played dance music at passing submarines. There was never a dull moment for the men who stood their watch and helped maintain the 'Nuclear Peace'.

    Published by Casemate (UK) - Publishing date Feb 2018 

    Imperial War Museum: 

    Hardback Ÿ 336 pages Ÿ 32 illustrations Ÿ Publishing date Feb 2018

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