Beneath the Restless Wave

Memoirs of a Cold War Submariner

Edward Couzens-Lake, Tony Beasley

The vivid and engaging biography of Tony Beasley, a telegraphist working on submarines during the Cold War.
Publication date:
January 2020
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Illustration :
20 images
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ISBN : 9781612008400

Dimensions : 229 X 152 mm
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• An engaging first-hand memoir of life in the Royal Navy during the Cold War
• Detailed account of covert operations on a submarine at the height of the Cold War, spying on the Soviet Fleet

An engaging first-hand memoir of life in the Royal Navy during the Cold War

Tony Beasley joined the Royal Navy as a teenager in 1946. This biography recalls the adventures he had during his time in the Navy, from training and specialisation as a telegraphist to being unexpectedly sent to work on submarines. He describes what it was like to work on a submarine during the Cold War, and describes the patrols and missions he was involved in, in particular when the submarine he was serving on was sent to the Barents Sea to undertake covert operations, namely to spy on the Soviet Fleet. Before this mission the crew of the submarine were advised that if anything went wrong it 'never happened'. Needless to say it did go wrong. Tony emerged a hero, but a hero who wasn't allowed to tell anyone where he had been or what he had done. Now in his eighties, Tony finally gets to tell his story.


...the whole book is a good read...a first class story, giving an excellent picture of the early post war navy and is well recommended.

A controversial account of a Royal Navy submariners' experiences, good and bad, in the Cold War.
Naval Review

If you are interested in the Royal Navy or even Cold War history, there is stuff here to help expand your knowledge.
War History Online

Memories of a life spent at sea are told with a refreshing mix of dark humour and brutal honesty.
Chichester Observer