Eastern Approaches by Fitzroy Maclean

By Fitzroy Maclean

Sir Fitzroy Maclean, British WW II hero, author and flesh presser, was once a British diplomat who whereas in Russia turned one of many first westerners to discover primary Asia in the course of the Soviet rule. He labored with the British specific forces within the North African wilderness and labored on behalf of the allies with the partisans in Yugoslavia through the moment global war.

In this publication Maclean describes his extraordinary adventures, earlier than and through international battle II.

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There was no time to be lost. S. Centrosoyus, a bare minute before the gangway was taken up. 37 C H A P T E R I V TRIAL TRIP I n spite of her modern-sounding name the Cetitrosoyus was a survival of the old regime, having been built on the Volga in the ’eighties. Every inch of the very limited deck-space was taken up by closely packed Tartar families who with their bedding and their chickens were already settling down for the night. A dense cloud of flies accompanied us as we steamed slowly out of Baku harbour.

The streets were thronged with a motley crowd of different racial types and outside die shops the same queues as in Moscow waited patiently for their turn to choose from a rather poorer selection of goods at rather higher prices. Like that of most Soviet towns, its population had risen sharply since the Revolution, and there was the usual housing shortage. To the south, in the direction of the main oilfield, a whole suburb of square white tenements had sprung into being, but many of the oil workers were still housed in tumble-down shacks and cabins.

I replied that until he could find someone who could read Russian well enough to decipher my card I proposed to answer no questions. D. ’ Once again we relapsed into silence. On our arrival the entire force was paraded and each man inspected my card in turn but without success. By this time a certain embarrass­ ment had become evident amongst my captors, and seeing that I had them at a disadvantage, I made some scarcely veiled allusions to the lack of culture prevalent. They began to look more sheepish than ever.

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