Autobiography: 1929-1975 Vice-Admiral Sir Louis Bailly, R.N.
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by Vice-Admiral Sir Louis Bailly KBE, CB, OBE, DL
C Eng F Inst Mech E MI Mar E F Inst Pet

Published 1990 by Kenneth Mason, Emsworth

A navy cloth bound with gilt lettering to spine. Condition FINE.
Dust Jacket has a slight sunning to top edge and a little creasing to top edge of spine area. There is a book seller's sticker neatly over the price on the front flap corner. Condition at least VERY GOOD PLUS.

ISBN 0-85937-354-1 186 pages 145 mm. x 222 mm Weight unwrapped 0.4 kilo


Most naval autobiographies are written on deck: here is one from boiler and engine room to an accompaniment of falling bombs shuddering through a steel hull. Admiral Le Bailly's story covers Dartmouth, HMS Hood and then as an initially unwilling engineer, he joins the light cruiser HMS Naiad until she is torpedoed in the Mediterranean in 1942. After teaching at Manadon, Le Bailly is present at Japan's surrender aboard HMS Duke of York. As a rebel against
Admiralty design departments' hidebound practices he is temporarily excommunicated. His career picks up as Naval Attache in Washington then Director-General of Intelligence for all three Services in London — the first engineer to hold such posts.

Unusually well written with no punches pulled.

Vice Admiral Sir Louis Le Bailly joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1929 and trained as a naval engineer. After war service in HMS Hood, Naiad, Duke of York and as Professor of Marine Engineering at the Naval Engineering College he studied petroleum technology at Birmingham University before becoming secretary of Lord Geddes' Oil Quality Committee and chairman of NATO's Oil Standardisation Committee. Service in HMS Bermuda was followed by personnel training and administration and engineering design. He was secretary to Lord Murray's committee on naval officer entry and naval assistant to the Controller of the Navy, before a year at Imperial Defence College.

Since his retirement he has served on the Civil Service Commission, as chairman of governors of Rendcomb College, as council member of the Institute for the Study of Conflict and as vice president of the Sea Cadet Ship Hood. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Cornwall.


THE MAN AROUND THE ENGINE: These images give a general idea of the condition of the book and jacket. The top of the jacket's spine is lightly creased, which is just apparent in this image, but the wrapper is still very attractive.
THE MAN AROUND THE ENGINE: These images give a general idea of the condition of the book and jacket. The top edge area of the jacket is very slightly sunned/darkened but is not very noticeable.
THE MAN AROUND THE ENGINE by Vice-Admiral Sir Louis Bailly: This book is "as new" and, as stated in FINE condition.


List of Illustrations
  1. Dartmouth 1929-1932
  2. HMS Hood 1932-3
  3. Keyham 1933-7
  4. HMS Hood again 1937-9
  5. To warThe building of HMS Naiad
  6. War at sea
  7. In the Mediterranean
  8. The sinking of Naiad
  9. Keyham and Manadon 1942-4
  10. Japan surrenders
  11. From war to peace
  12. From sea to shore
  13. British Naval Attaché, Washington 1967-9
  14. Subterranean fields 1970-5
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