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William B Green    Author


Bill Green

  Bill Green was born in England in 1936. Homeless at age 17, he joined the Royal Navy, the thought of new clothes and 3 square meals a day more than enough incentive. During his twenty-five years in the submarine service, he patrolled the oceans of the world from the Arctic Circle to the South China Sea.


He retired from the navy as a Chief Petty Officer in 1980 and emigrated to South Africa soon after. Thirteen years later, he emigrated to Perth in Western Australia, where he now lives with his wife and family.


He is a Member of the Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association of Australia. When he is not writing, he does voluntary work for Astley Care, a Community Support Service. By way of keeping fit, he does Taoist Tai Chi each day.

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Silent and Invisible
 due for release late 2020/ 2021






‘I have flown over the Atlantic Ocean, I have crossed it on the surface, and I have crossed it beneath the waves.’ 


When 17-year-old Bill Green becomes homeless he joins the Royal Navy. Just 18 months later he’s drafted to submarines, a move which will define the next 26 years of his life. His first station is patrolling the seas from the Baltic to the Arctic circle gathering intelligence while avoiding harassment and depth charges from Soviet warships – a great deal of responsibility for an 19-year-old.


Bill goes on to serve in numerous capacities and locales, as a ship's diver clearing ships of limpet mines and unexploded WW2 bombs and 4 years on the oldest operational submarine at the time, the HMS Tiptoe.


In 1970 Bill is part of a team which sets a world record for depth escaped from a submarine, 600 feet. The following year he becomes ill and is sidelined which nearly ends his career.


However, it is a later near-death experience which convinces him he has pushed his luck far enough.



Book Cover:

HMS/m Renown - Gareloch, Scotland, 







Silent and Invisible, is a sequel to I'll Take That One. It covers my 25 years in the submarine service of the Royal Navy during the Cold War.

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Available Now!

'I'll Take That One,' is named after the daily public auction of evacuees when they arrived at their destinations. Each day, dozens of small children, some as young as four years of age, lined up in Town Halls across England, where potential foster parents, known as hosts, were invited to pick a child, usually by pointing and saying, "I'll Take That One".


My story

World War 2 was a global cataclysm that resulted in the deaths of  60 million people. In September 1939, Britain’s Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain announced that Britain was at war with Germany. In the days and months following that announcement, 3,000,000 people, 1.5 million of them children, were relocated from towns and cities across England.


Relocating 1.5 million children, many of them as young as four years old, was a mammoth task. As most of the children had no idea what was going on, never mind where they were going, they were tagged with a label tied to their clothing, bearing their name, age, sex, and destination. Even then, many of them ended up in the wrong place.


At the onset of this grim period in history, a young boy begins his own journey, one that irrevocably changes the course of his life. In his memoir 'I'll Take That One', William B Green shares a rare glimpse of what it was like living and growing up during this era.


Suffused with the irony of the times, and painted against the gripping backdrop of the Second World War, 'I'll Take That One', is a rare glimpse into the lives of people that became embroiled in war.  


Harrowing and inspirational, his story is one that needs to be shared. Eye-opening and beautiful, his book potently captures the Second World War zeitgeist, whilst portraying its impact on the lives of the people that witnessed it.