On April 19th, 1949, HMS Amethyst, a frigate of the Royal Navy, left Shanghai for Woosung, and passage up the great Yangtse river to the Chinese capital. On a peaceful mission, the Amethyst was unexpectedly attacked by the Chinese People's Liberation Army on the north bank of the river. Taken by surprise, the amethyst ran aground. Many of the crew were killed. With rescue attempts blocked by the Chinese communist army, a skeleton crew refloat the ship, but, closely watched and covered by shore batteries, they are prisoners. For a long time the situation remains in deadlock, until finally, lieutenant-commander John S. Kerans realizes he must make a dangerous decision trust their captors to agree a deal, or run the gauntlet of communist batteries, down 140 miles of hostile territory.
A Good Old Stiff Upper Lipper
- Yangtse Incident review by Cato
Takes you back to the days when we had a proper navy sailing around foreign seas and getting into trouble big time. It involves Richard Todd and William Hartnell (1st Doctor Who!) fighting off naughty revolutionaries from China. I won't give it away!
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