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Yangtse Incident (1957) was a Drama - Historical Film directed by Michael Anderson and produced by Herbert Wilcox.

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The real life Jack French (b. Teignmouth, Devon), the only telegraphist on board HMS Amethyst, died on May 4th 2011 at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire aged 84. During the highpoint of the siege, he stayed at his post for 6 days without sleep, kept awake through the aid of Benzedrine. Following the successful liberation of the ship he was awarded an immediate Distinguished Service Medal and ordered to take a complete rest. Having joined the Royal Navy aged 17 in 1942, French retired after 22 years service as a Chief Petty Officer. On his retirement from the navy, he took up a post at the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham.
The black-and-white feline seen aboard the Amethyst represents "Able Seacat" Simon, the ship's cat who became a celebrity after receiving the PDSA's Dickin Medal (at the behest of Lt. Cmdr. Kerans) for morale raising, despatching a rat infestation and surviving cannon shell injuries. The entire Amethyst crew attended his funeral in 1949 following his death of a viral infection caused by his war wounds.
HMS Teazer stood in for both HMS Consort and HMS Concord.
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