Tunnel-Master & Arsonist of the Great War, The Norton Griffiths Story, by Tony Bridgeland and Anne Morgan

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Tunnel-Master & Arsonist of the Great War, The Norton Griffiths Story, by Tony Bridgeland and Anne Morgan
Tunnel-Master & Arsonist of the Great War, The Norton Griffiths Story, by Tony Bridgeland and Anne Morgan

Published by Pen & Sword in 2003, 242 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N5578)

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From the front inside fly leaf: Sir John Norton-Griffiths is one of those giant characters that history has a habit of producing albeit rarely. Like a number of other better known figures such as Cecil Rhodes and Warren Hastings, John Norton Griffiths (the hyphen was added later) first made his name and fortune from the opportunities of imperialism; in this case the minefields of South Africa. Only the most ruthless survived and this man was definitely that. His commercial ventures were interspersed with military escapades so it was no surprise that Norton-Griffiths was quick to answer the call on the outbreak of the Great War.

In this book we discover that the 'system' was sufficiently flexible to allow men such as Norton-Griffiths the scope to make real individual contributions. He brought his mining expertise to bear with devastating effect, thanks in large part to his influence and initiative. He was then sent to 'fire' the vital Rumanian oilfields.

Ever a controversial figure, even Norton­ Griffiths' death was sensational. We learn that he most probably took his own life but that can never be proved. Thanks to years of prodigious research by this great man's grand-daughter, Anne Morgan, readers of this splendid biography are transported to an age of adventure and imperial grandeur in the company of a true pioneering leviathan...
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