Admiral Sir Barry Domvile

From Admiral to Cabin Boy

By Sir Barry Edward Domvile (K.B.E.). A first-hand account of imprisonment without trial under Britain’s notorious World War II-era “Section 18b” regulation, written by the Admiral Sir Barry Edward Domvile, the highest ranking British armed forces officer to be detained for seeking friendship with Germany and opposing the outbreak of the war.

This book, first published in 1947, starts with a short biographical review before moving on to a geopolitical assessment of Britain’s overseas possessions. The author then discusses his efforts to create peace with Germany through his “The Link” organization, and how these efforts led to his arrest and detention in Brixton Prison for three years from 1940 to 1943.

Along the way, Domvile reviews what he saw as the major force behind the war: a Judeo-Masonic conspiracy which he called “Judmas,” which he said, “has wielded such a baneful influence in world history”—although he stated that most Freemasons were completely unaware of the plot.

Detained in a cell next door to Sir Oswald Mosley, Domvile provides a fascinating insight into the conditions and arbitrary nature of the arrest procedure, which was carried out without evidence, court proceedings, or any evidence being supplied.


“The only ‘offence’ which could be justly laid at my door was that I was strongly opposed to the war, which I considered then, and consider still, was in the worst possible interests of the Empire, for the reasons already recorded. Holding these views, I founded the ‘Link,’ and worked hard and successfully at its non-political activities. If this was a crime, then I am guilty; and proud of it.”

“The present war was brought about by Hitler’s challenge to Judmas; he was the first man since Napoleon, with the courage to tackle it openly. His new economic and financial plans for Europe struck at the very roots of Judmas policy. It made war certain, if it could be arranged; it was arranged. There is no need to look further for any cause.”

“Churchill has told us himself that we entered the war voluntarily; that no British interest was threatened. Dear little Poland was the excuse this time; it was dear little Belgium upon the last occasion. All the old battle-cries were trotted out; freedom, liberty (18B was the exception that proves the rule) and, of course, religion.”

The interior and front covers are exact replicas of the original, all digitally reprocessed to the highest standards.

166 pages. Paperback.

About the author: Sir Barry Domvile (1878–1971) served in the Royal Navy and reached the rank of Admiral, serving in World War I and being made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Companion of the Order of the Bath, and a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George—the highest decorations possible in British public life. He also served as Assistant Secretary to the Committee of Imperial Defence, Director of Plans, Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean, Director of Naval Intelligence, and was President of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich. After his retirement, he became a council member of the Anglo-German Fellowship, and founded the Anglo-German organization The Link—activities for which he was imprisoned without trial for three years. After the war, he became a member of the National Front’s ‘National Council’ from its formation in 1967 until his death in 1971.


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Weight 7.82 oz
Dimensions 6 × 0.35 × 9 in

Admiral Sir Barry Domvile

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