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Kerslake, S. A.,
COXSWAIN IN THE NORTHERN CONVOYS.
William Kimber, London, 1984, 1st edn., [xii], 191pp, 16pp half tone photo ills., navy blue cloth lettered in gilt at spine, pictorial dustwrapper, the author first went to sea aged fourteen in a Hull trawler in 1935, by 1939 he was an experienced member of RNR and on call-up served first in the German built HMT Northern Gem on anti-submarine and convoy escort duties, in the Narvik campaign, on Arctic convoys PQ17 and QP14 and the Atlantic convoy JW51B, before leaving Gem and seeing further service in the Mediterranean in the steam yacht Sidi Ifni, in Tunisia and Sardinia and finally as coxswain of MGB177 based at Leghorn in Italy, slightly cocked, lightly bumped lower cnrs., edges a little tanned, ink name top edge front pastdown and title, dustwrapper: price clipped, lightly rubbed at tips, relined at spine ends, repaired tear lower panel, very good in a good plus dustwrapper,
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Book number: 44147
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Keywords: war ww2 navy rnps a/s rncf pq17 qp14 jw51b hmt northern gem sidi ifni mgb177

 
Lund, Paul and Ludlam, Harry,
OUT SWEEPS! - The Story of the Minesweepers in World War II.
W. Foulsham and Co, London, ND (copyright 1978), 1st edn., 192pp, 16pp half tone photo ills, dark blue cloth lettered in gilt at spine, coloured wraparound pictorial dustwrapper, from personal accounts, the story of the minesweepers of WW2. In 1939 the Royal navy's minesweeping capability consisted of about 40 mainly WW1 vessels, half coal-burning 'Smokey Joes'. To these were soon added the trawlers of the Royal Naval Patrol Service, then came the new Halcyons, Algerines and Bangors as well as the BYMs and BAMs. An account illustrated by personal reminiscences of the development of minesweeping in WW2, from the early days of combatting new types of mine, degaussing and the LL sweep, of the work of the RMS (Rendering Mines Safe) officers (later called BMDO's - Bomb and Mine Disposal Officers), in home waters, the Mediterranean and other theatres, edges well tanned, ink name and date front free endpaper, text block lightly tanned throughout, dustwrapper: lightly rubbed at tips, faintly sunn ed at spine, very good in a near fine dustwrapper,
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Book number: 44280
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Keywords: war ww2 navy minesweeper byms trawler rnps smokey joe halcyon algerine bangor bams rms bmdo

 Maher, Brendan A.,, A PASSAGE TO SWORD BEACH - Minesweeping in the Royal Navy.
Maher, Brendan A.,
A PASSAGE TO SWORD BEACH - Minesweeping in the Royal Navy.
Naval Insitute Press, Annapolis, USA, ND (copyright 1996), US edn., xviii, 246pp, half tone photo pictorial frontis, 10 pp half tone photo ills., maps in text, [ii] notes, brown cloth lettered in gilt at spine, decorative head and tail bands, photo pictorial dustwrapper, the experiences of a young naval officer who joined the Royal Navy as a rating at the age of 18 in 1942, after training at HMS Raleigh he was selected as a CW candidate and served as an Ordinary Seaman in the light cruiser HMS Cardiff until July 1943 when he went to HMS King Alfred for officer training, HMS Lochinvar for minesweeper training and then in January 1944 joined the Halcyon class minesweeper HMS Jason where, as a Midshipman, he was obliged to keep a journal which is a valuable source document for his book especially as he also quotes from his contemporaneous diary and the two accounts of identical events are revealing. Subsequently he was appointed to Coastal Forces as Sub-Lieut. in HM ML137 for shallow water minesweeping that led the way to Sword Beach for the Normandy invasion, sweeping the approaches to and the ports of Cherbourg and Brest (part only) of mines, escorting US Atlantic convoys in the English Channel, escort and patrol; of the war channel until sent minesweeping again, this time for pressure mines in the Rotterdam estuary after VE day when he was seriously wounded, at every stage recording the training and daily experiences in such detail that explains precisely what was involved, as a resident in USA since the mid-1950's and with a US publisher he has explained the background to many of the naval traditions and much of the naval terminology for a US readership, a valuable record and one which, for some unknown reason, does not seem to have been picked up by any publisher for a British edition, slightly cocked, lightly rubbed at tips, edges tanned, dustwrapper: lightly rubbed at tips, crease lower flap, very good in a very good plus dustwrapper,
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Book number: 42631
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Keywords: war ww2 navy rnps rncf hms cardiff king alfred midshipman sub-lt minesweeping mms84 fleet sweeper halycon jason 1st minesweeping hmml 137 fairmile 5th ML flotilla coastal forces lochinvar sword beach rotterdam estuary pressure oyster mines contact magneti

 Maher, Brendan A.,, A PASSAGE TO SWORD BEACH - Minesweeping in the Royal Navy.
Maher, Brendan A.,
A PASSAGE TO SWORD BEACH - Minesweeping in the Royal Navy.
Naval Insitute Press, Annapolis, USA, ND (copyright 1996), US edn., xviii, 246pp, half tone photo pictorial frontis, 10 pp half tone photo ills., maps in text, [ii] notes, brown cloth lettered in gilt at spine, decorative head and tail bands, photo pictorial dustwrapper, the experiences of a young naval officer who joined the Royal Navy as a rating at the age of 18 in 1942, after training at HMS Raleigh he was selected as a CW candidate and served as an Ordinary Seaman in the light cruiser HMS Cardiff until July 1943 when he went to HMS King Alfred for officer training, HMS Lochinvar for minesweeper training and then in January 1944 joined the Halcyon class minesweeper HMS Jason where, as a Midshipman, he was obliged to keep a journal which is a valuable source document for his book especially as he also quotes from his contemporaneous diary and the two accounts of identical events are revealing. Subsequently he was appointed to Coastal Forces as Sub-Lieut. in HM ML137 for shallow water minesweeping that led the way to Sword Beach for the Normandy invasion, sweeping the approaches to and the ports of Cherbourg and Brest (part only) of mines, escorting US Atlantic convoys in the English Channel, escort and patrol; of the war channel until sent minesweeping again, this time for pressure mines in the Rotterdam estuary after VE day when he was seriously wounded, at every stage recording the training and daily experiences in such detail that explains precisely what was involved, as a resident in USA since the mid-1950's and with a US publisher he has explained the background to many of the naval traditions and much of the naval terminology for a US readership, a valuable record and one which, for some unknown reason, does not seem to have been picked up by any publisher for a British edition, faint marks upper edge and slight mark lower board, dustwrapper: lightly rubbed at tips, very good plus in a near fine dustwrapper,
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Book number: 42632
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Keywords: war ww2 navy rnps rncf hms cardiff king alfred midshipman sub-lt minesweeping mms84 fleet sweeper halycon jason 1st minesweeping hmml 137 fairmile 5th ML flotilla coastal forces lochinvar sword beach rotterdam estuary pressure oyster mines contact magneti

 McKee, Alexander,, THE COAL-SCUTTLE BRIGADE.
McKee, Alexander,
THE COAL-SCUTTLE BRIGADE.
Corgi Books, London, 1958, 1st in imprint, paperback, 252pp, [iv] ads., #S557, pictorial upper wrapper by Roy Carnon, the collier convoys and their escorts who kept Britain supplied using the swept channel around the coast from the North East to the South Coast of England, under almost constant attack by air, sea and, in the Channel, by long range coastal guns, containing the complete seventeen chapters of the original hardback, roll and slant to spine, rubbed at extrems., wrappers lightly soiled, edges tanned, good reading copy,
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Book number: 39562
GBP 6.00 [Appr.: EURO 7 US$ 7.4 | JP¥ 1146]
Keywords: war ww2 sea merchant navy rnps royal naval patrol service channel east coast convoy e-boat alley mines minesweeper air-sea rescue launch winnie brilliant maritime

 McKee, Alexander,, THE COAL-SCUTTLE BRIGADE.
McKee, Alexander,
THE COAL-SCUTTLE BRIGADE.
Corgi Books, London, 1958, 1st in imprint, paperback, 252pp, [iv] ads., #S557, pictorial upper wrapper by Roy Carnon, the collier convoys and their escorts who kept Britain supplied using the swept channel around the coast from the North East to the South Coast of England, under almost constant attack by air, sea and, in the Channel, by long range coastal guns, containing the complete seventeen chapters of the original hardback, slight slant to light creased spine, a little rubbed at extrems., edges tanned, very good,
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Book number: 40724
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Keywords: war ww2 sea merchant navy rnps channel east coast convoy e-boat alley mines minesweeper air-sea rescue launch winnie brilliant maritime

 McKee, Alexander,, THE COAL-SCUTTLE BRIGADE.
McKee, Alexander,
THE COAL-SCUTTLE BRIGADE.
New English Library, London, 1973, abridged edition, paperback, 125pp, [iii] ads., wraparound pictorial wrappers (unattrib.), the collier convoys and their escorts who kept Britain supplied using the swept channel around the coast from the North East to the South Coast of England, under almost constant attack by air, sea and, in the Channel, by long range coastal guns, lightly rubbed at tips, edges tanned, small ink mark half title, very good plus,
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Book number: 40726
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Keywords: ww2 sea merchant navy rnps channel east coast convoy e-boat alley mines minesweeper air-sea rescue launch winnie brilliant maritime

 
McKee, Alexander,
THE COAL-SCUTTLE BRIGADE.
Souvenir Press, London, 1957, 1st edn., 223pp, 8pp half tone photo ills., blue cloth lettered in gilt at spine, coloured pictorial dustwrapper, during WW2 Britain's power economy was based on coal to produce electricity and for domestic heating. Great tonnages of coal had to be transported to southern England to keep Britain supplied. Collier convoys and their escorts used the swept channel around the coast, from the North East to the South Coast of England, under almost constant attack by air and sea. In the Channel soon after May 1940 an extra hazard was the long range coastal guns based in France used to shell the convoys, ills. include HMS Brilliant, unnamed trawler, convoys, MTB 48, air-sea rescue launch 130, coastal gun 'Winnie', etc., edges tanned, dustwrapper: price clipped, a little rubbed with slight loss at extrems., several short edge tears, all repaired to reverse, very good plus in a good plus dustwrapper,
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Book number: 44285
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Keywords: ww2 sea merchant navy rnps royal naval patrol service channel east coast convoy e-boat alley mines minesweeper air-sea rescue launch winnie brilliant maritime rncf

 Melvin, Michael J., BEM,, MINESWEEPER - The Role of the Motor Minesweeper in World War II.
Melvin, Michael J., BEM,
MINESWEEPER - The Role of the Motor Minesweeper in World War II.
Square One Publications, Worcester - UK, 1992, 1st edn., [xii], 226pp, numerous half tone ills., black cloth lettered in gilt at spine, half tone photo pictorial dustwrapper (variant type 2 with monotone image), an account of the state of British minesweeping capacity on the outbreak of WW2, the urgent need for expansion which was met by the Motor Minesweeper (MMS or Mickey Mouse), the first of a new class introduced in 1941, purpose designed to carry the 'LL' sweep to combat the magnetic mine as well as with traditional sweeping methods, later modified to sweep acoustic mines as well, first produced by Richards Ironworks of Lowestoft and subsequently by many different yards, and the stretched version (the Big Mickey) in service from the end of 1942, with accounts of their operational use, details of where they served, production figures and specifications, flotillas, etc, with further reference to the BYMS (British Yard Minesweeper), another design of wooden minesweepers built in USA for British use, fine in a fine dustwrapper,
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Book number: 45376
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Keywords: britain topography east coast convoy anglia suffolk war ww2 navy rnps byms minesweeper

 Monsarrat, Nicholas,, CORVETTE COMMAND.
Monsarrat, Nicholas,
CORVETTE COMMAND.
Cassell, London, 1944, 1st edn., paperback original, 100pp, half tone photo pictorial frontis, 6pp half tone photo ills., photo pictorial paper wrappers with flaps, the third of the author's three titles about his experiences in corvettes during WW2, later published in hardback as part of Three Corvettes, Lt. (later Lt. Cdr.) Monsarrat in command of HMS Winger as escort to coastal convoys in the War Channel, a little rubbed at extrems., light creasing to wrappers, edges foxed, ink name half title, very good,
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Book number: 42412
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Keywords: war ww2 navy rnps a/s royal naval patrol service

 Monsarrat, Nicholas,, CORVETTE COMMAND.
Monsarrat, Nicholas,
CORVETTE COMMAND.
Cassell, London, 1944, 1st edn., paperback original, 100pp, half tone photo pictorial frontis, 6pp half tone photo ills., photo pictorial paper wrappers with flaps, the third of the author's three titles about his experiences in corvettes during WW2, later published in hardback as part of Three Corvettes, Lt. (later Lt. Cdr.) Monsarrat in command of HMS Winger as escort to coastal convoys in the War Channel, wrappers a little rubbed and creased, light foxing and tanning to edges, lacks one original photo ill. but it has been replaced with a copy, good plus,
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Book number: 44609
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Keywords: war ww2 navy rnps a/s royal naval patrol service

 Monsarrat, Nicholas,, EAST COAST CORVETTE.
Monsarrat, Nicholas,
EAST COAST CORVETTE.
Cassell, London, 1943, 1st edn., paperback original, 80pp, half tone photo pictorial frontis, 6pp half tone photo ills., photo pictorial paper wrappers with flaps, the second of the author's three titles about his experiences in corvettes during WW2, later published in hardback as part of 'Three Corvettes', Lt. Monsarrat's experiences as 1st Lt. of HMS Dipper, as escort to coastal convoys in the War Channel, a little rubbed at extrems., light creasing to wrappers, lower cnrs. inclined to curl, edges foxed, flaps pasted down, ink name half title, very good,
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Book number: 42413
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Keywords: war ww2 navy east coast convoy escort corvette dipper rnps a/s royal naval patrol service

 Monsarrat, Nicholas,, EAST COAST CORVETTE.
Monsarrat, Nicholas,
EAST COAST CORVETTE.
Cassell, London, 1943, 1st edn., paperback original, 80pp, half tone photo pictorial frontis, 6pp half tone photo ills., photo pictorial paper wrappers with flaps, the second of the author's three titles about his experiences in corvettes during WW2, later published in hardback as part of 'Three Corvettes', Lt. Monsarrat's experiences as 1st Lt. of HMS Dipper, as escort to coastal convoys in the War Channel, wrappers a little rubbed, creased and soiled, edges tanned, good plus,
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Book number: 44610
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Keywords: war ww2 navy east coast convoy escort corvette dipper rnps a/s royal naval patrol service

 Monsarrat, Nicholas,, THREE CORVETTES, comprising HM Corvette, East Coast Corvette and Corvette Command.
Monsarrat, Nicholas,
THREE CORVETTES, comprising HM Corvette, East Coast Corvette and Corvette Command.
Panther, London, 1969, reprint, paperback, 223pp, [i] ads. coloured wraparound pictorial wrappers by Norman Wilkinson, Sub Lt., Lt. (1st Lt. HMS Dipper), and Lt. in command (HMS Winger - later Lt. Cdr ) Monsarrat's experiences in corvettes on escort duties on the East Coast 'war channel' convoys of the North Sea and in the Western Approaches of the North Atlantic, 1940-43, slight slant to creased spine, a little rubbed and creased at extrems., wrappers a little soiled, edges tanned, good,
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Book number: 44979
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Keywords: ww2 war navy east coast convoy corvette dipper winger rnps western approaches battle atlantic

 
Monsarrat, Nicholas,
THREE CORVETTES, comprising HM Corvette, East Coast Corvette and Corvette Command.
Panther, London, 1957, 1st in imprint, paperback, 224pp, coloured pictorial upper wrapper, ww2 naval memoir, originally published as three separate paperbacks, HM Corvette in which Sub Lt., Lt. (1st Lt. HMS Dipper), and Lt. in command (HMS Winger - later Lt. Cdr ) Monsarrat's experiences in corvettes on escort duties on the East Coast 'war channel' convoys and in the Western Approaches of the North Atlantic, 1940-43, slight slant to spine, a little rubbed and chipped at spine ends, edges tanned, good plus,
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Book number: 45703
GBP 8.00 [Appr.: EURO 9.5 US$ 9.87 | JP¥ 1527]
Keywords: ww2 war navy east coast convoy corvette dipper winger rnps western approaches battle atlantic

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