Official Website of

Bill Green    Author

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Bill Green



Bill Green was born in England. Homeless at age seventeen he joined the British Royal Navy and served in


the submarine service for twenty seven years during the Cold War.  



Some highlights of my life.


 I met HM Queen Elizabeth II on three occasions.  


 I have crossed the Atlantic Ocean by air, on the surface in a diesel/electric WW2       

submarine, and below the surface in a Polaris submarine.

 I have been under the Polar Ice Cap on a conventional diesel/electric submarine, and surfaced through a   Polynya. (A stretch of open water surrounded by ice - especially in Arctic seas)


 I have escaped from a submarine at a depth of four hundred feet in the Mediterranean Sea.


"A Penny For Two Ha'Pennies" is a memoir of my early life as an evacuee during WW2 up to age 17 when I joined the Royal Navy.

The follow-on from this book, "Game Of Silence" covers the years I served in the submarine service of the Royal Navy during the harrowing Cold War years, when we took our life in our hands every time we went on a 'sneaky'. (Sneaky. Playing Cat and Mouse with the Russian Navy as we tried to spy on their exercises and fleet strength).

My third book, "Escape Or Die" is a short story based on a number of true events that I was directly or indirectly involved in. It covers the hardships and dangers submariners faced every time they went to sea and dived into the depths of the ocean. Enjoy the read.   

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Escape or Die

A Story Based on True Events

A British Submarine on patrol in the Arctic Ocean is sent to the bottom after being rammed by a Russian warship. Trapped, three hundred feet below the waves, the ten survivors must overcome the obstacles and fear if they are to escape from the freezing murky depths of the Arctic Ocean. With the compartment slowly filling with water from a cracked ballast line, and the air becoming more toxic with every passing minute, a decision needs to be made. Escape from the submarine and chance dying of exposure in the freezing Arctic Ocean. Or chance being picked up by the warship that sent them to the bottom and face an uncertain future in a Soviet jail. Or stay where they are and die a slow agonizing death from Carbon Dioxide poisoning. Based on the author's experiences during his 25 years in the submarine service of the British Royal Navy, he has interwoven them into a story that highlights the dangers faced by submariners during the years
of the Cold War.  


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When 17-year-old Bill Green returns home from work one day, he finds the house empty and his parents have moved without telling him. Homeless, he joins the Royal Navy. Eighteen months into a 12-year stint, he’s drafted to submarines at the height of the Cold War, a move that defines the next 26 years of his life. His first draft at age 19 sees him patrolling the seas from the Baltic to the Arctic circle gathering intelligence while avoiding harassment and depth charges of Soviet warships constantly patrolling the same waters.


Bill goes on to serve in numerous capacities and locales. As a ship's diver during the Indonesian–Malaysian confrontation, he is employed searching ships for Limpet Mines.

       The Indonesian–Malaysian confrontation, also known as the Borneo confrontation, was a violent conflict from 1963–66, that stemmed from Indonesia's opposition to the creation of Malaysia. The creation of Malaysia was the amalgamation of the Federation of Malaya, Singapore, and the Crown colony British Protectorates of North Borneo, and Sarawak. To thwart efforts to form Malaysia, Indonesia became actively involved in subterfuge operations, and later declared war on Malaysia.


Bill also spent time clearing the Johor Straits of unexploded WW2 bombs. In 1966, he joined the oldest operational submarine in the Royal Navy, HMS Tiptoe. HMS Tiptoe was built in 1944 and served in the Far East, sinking several Japanese ships.


In 1970, Bill was part of the team that set the world record depth for escaping from a submarine; 600 feet. The following year, he became ill and was sidelined for over a year which nearly ended his career.


However, it is the later near-death experience whilst escaping from a submarine 300 feet below the waves in Campbelltown Loch that convinced him he had pushed his luck far enough. In 1980 he retired from the Royal Navy and emigrated to South Africa.




My story