Marden and P.L.U.T.O, by Chris and Mari Gosling
Published by the Marden History Group, 28 pages. A4 size spiral bound booklet (N5426)
Marden is a village in Kent, and lies several miles south of Maidstone, and this booklet provides a fascinating brief history of the village's role in Operation PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean) during the Second World War...
From the introduction: In April 1942 Lord Louis Mountbatten, then Chief of Combined Operations, and Mr Geoffrey Lloyd, Secretary for Petroleum, had a conversation about a particular aspect of the Overlord invasion then being planned for the liberation of Europe. Would it be much of an advantage, asked Lord Mountbatten, if fuel pipelines could be laid across the Channel soon after the invasion? It turned out that it would.
Nothing like this had ever been attempted before and at first the operation seemed impossible. But a few days after that conversation A C Hartley, the chief engineer of the Anglo Iranian Oil Company (now BP), suggested that it might be possible to produce a pipeline similar to a coreless lead-sheathed electric power cable. This was to become HAIS cable (named for Hartley and Siemens Bros, who did the early development work).....
The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the spiral spine is tight and intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Has a small price sticker on rear side cover