Admiral Nicholas Horthy: Memoirs by Nicholas Horthy, Nicholas Roosevelt, Andrew L. Simon

By Nicholas Horthy, Nicholas Roosevelt, Andrew L. Simon

Nicolas Horthy was once head of nation of Hungary for 25 years. Conservative but hugely renowned between his countrymen in his time, heritage has taken care of him unfairly. No different nation within the first half the twentieth century had a pace-setter who's both vilified by way of Communists in addition to Fascists as Horthy. For this version over six hundred footnotes, from resources starting from Eichmann to Wallenberg, have been extra to his unique 1953 autobiography.

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On New Caledonia there was a kind of deer related to the Sikka deer. I went deer-stalking with a native hunter who hunted by smell like a dog, and very successfully at that. In our quest for nickel, we sailed from Noumea to the New Hebrides. Owing to the number of treacherous coral reefs and the unreliability of the charts, we used steam while we were among the islands. At that time, the New Hebrides and the Solomon Islands were independent, and I believe that there was a plan to annex some of the islands to Austria-Hungary should Baron Foullon-Norbeck succeed in finding nickel.

There was no resistance; the Turks remained quiet and behaved as if we did not exist. Lemnos also was occupied. As the Sultan still made no move, Vice-Admiral Ripper decided to force the Dardanelles. The other commanders were of the opinion that this would be too dangerous an undertaking on account of that 16 Today Izmir. 17 Agency to handle the international indebtedness of Turkey. 18 Russia’s Tsar Nicholas I of Romanov (1868-1918) 19 German Kaiser Wilhelm II of Hohenzollern (1859-1941). 20 Rear Admiral Julius von Ripper (1847-1914).

Our next port of call was Borneo. When the weather was calm, our ship used to be followed by sharks, which snatched greedily at any food which was thrown overboard. One petty officer on board had been a professional tunnyfisher and would harpoon these monsters from a distance of thirty to fifty feet with amazing sureness of hand. He also caught quite a few sharks for us with a baited hook. To catch one particularly mighty specimen, a large noose was lowered into the water on a strong rope fixed to the main yardarm.

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