Michael G. Welham, Jacqui Welham
W.H. Allen / Virgin Books
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: W.H. Allen / Virgin Books (Feb 1990)
Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16 x 2.6 cm
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30th June 2013
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Should be listed under "Fiction." 29 Oct 2012
By Ned Middleton - Published on Amazon.com
It has never been disputed that, in April 1956, Commander "Buster" Crabb OBE GM RN went diving in Portsmouth Harbour beneath the Soviet Warship "Ordzhonikidze" and never returned. Ten days later he was reported dead by the British Admiralty - who denied all knowledge of any task he might have been undertaking. Fourteen months later a mutilated, decomposed and unidentifiable body was recovered from the sea and accepted as being that of Crabb.
This book, claims that Crabb did not die but was captured by the Russians and secretly taken to Moscow in a drugged state and later went on to become a serving officer in the Soviet Navy where he taught the latest diving techniques - all of which occurred with the full knowledge and connivance of the British Government.
As a professional Royal Navy Diver in a relatively junior rank (equivalent Lt Colonel), Commander Crabb would not have had access to the sort of secrets which would have interested the Soviets in 1956. The very notion that the Soviets should collude with the British government in an elaborate plan whereby all parties (i.e. the British, the Soviets, Crabb and his diving support staff) should embark on an operation where a twice-decorated Naval Commander should be deliberately sent under a Soviet warship with the intention that he should be captured in order to be spirited away to Moscow so that he might teach diving in the Soviet Navy is farcical in the extreme. Even the so-called documents which purport to support the author's contention could have been typed anywhere.
Even as far back in 1956 when the free world was frightened of growing Soviet nuclear power, Britain would have openly assisted the Soviet Union with matters as relatively mundane as professional "Navy" Diving in a show of peace and unity and all that.
This book belongs in the realms of fiction and should not be taken seriously.
NB: Also released under the title; "Frogman Extraordinary."