The Invergordon Mutiny

The Invergordon Mutiny

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A narrative history of the last great mutiny in the Royal Navy and how it forced Britain off the Gold Standard in 1931.

The Invergordon Mutiny

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In September 1931 the Royal Navy experienced its biggest modern mutiny. The largest warships in the Atlantic Fleet were gathering in Cromarty Firth, off Invergordon, for their autumn exercises. Meanwhile Ramsay MacDonald's newly formed National Government announced its emergency budget, introducing means tests, cutting unemployment benefit and reducing public sector pay. On arrival at Invergordon the sailors discovered the scale of the cuts they were supposed to bear. Their resulting 'strike', co-ordinated from ship to ship, swiftly achieved its objective. The Navy was badly shaken by the extraordinary efficiency of the action, and Britain's financial credit was so seriously damaged that within a few days the country was forced off the Gold Standard. Yet until now little of the story has been known; officially described as a case of 'unrest', it was hushed up and no Courts-Martial or Commission of Inquiry followed.

This is the first detailed account of the Invergordon mutiny based on the personal testimony of those involved on the lower deck. Particular attention is given to the way the affair was organised, both centrally and in individual ships, to the structure of command and to the flash points when the use of force was considered and attempted. New documentary evidence also shows that the Admiralty considered an armed assault on the Fleet. The fiftieth anniversary of the affair coincides with unemployment returning to its 1931 level, and massive public spending cuts are once again associated with falling output and growing hardship.

Could the events at Invergordon repeat themselves today? The dramatic story is here put into its historical context: the background to the budget crisis of 1931, the implications of the cuts imposed, the conditions in the Fleet at the time, and the potency and organisation of the Navy are all explored here, in a unique portrait of the start of the 1930s.

Hard cover,182 pgs, sources, index. Near new. .

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Short Description A narrative history of the last great mutiny in the Royal Navy and how it forced Britain off the Gold Standard in 1931.
Weight (g) 451.0000
Author Alan Ereira
Publisher Routledge & Kegan Paul
Date Published 1981
ISBN 0710009305
Size 240mm x 163mm

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