H-Bombs & Hula Girls

H-Bombs & Hula Girls

Operation Grapple 1957 and the Last Royal Navy Gunroom at Sea

Paperback320pp Illustrated244x200mm

9781910500682     Product Code: 508498


As part of Operation Grapple, Britain’s H-bomb testing programme, the light fleet carrier HMS Warrior set off from Portsmouth in February 1957 for Christmas Island in the South Pacific. In the Gunroom were ten junior officers (including the author) who weeks later would witness the detonation of Britain’s first thermonuclear device. This month-by-month account of their voyage, which examines the logistics behind the testing, describes their naval duties and celebrates their unfaltering comradeship.

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