Memoirs from the servicemen of World War 2. Contains Foreword by Norman Wisdom.
SHANGHAI INCIDENT 1940.
On the day that Italy declared war on the allies, I was stationed aboard the river gun boat H.M.S. Peterel. At this time we were moored on the river Wangpoo Kiang in Shanghai. In view of the difference in time, the declaration had come during the night hours. I had myself taken a camp bed outside onto a gun deck, together with mosquito net, as the night was hot and humid. I was rudely awakened by one of my crew mates shouting words to the effect that; Italy had declared war on us, and that we ought to blow their gunboat, moored astern of us, out of the water. It was quickly pointed out that Shanghai was a neutral port and as such, must be respected. Excitement ruled out the possibility of any further sleep for the rest of the...