THE BATTLE OF THE NARROW SEAS - A History of the Light Coastal Forces in the Channel and North Sea, 1939-1945.
Country Life, London, 1945, 1st edn., xii, 228pp, 79 half tone photos and line drawings on 48pp, coloured frontis and 7 other coloured plates by author, maps (each different) at endpapers and in text, numerous small line ills. in text, pale blue cloth lettered in dark blue at spine, lettered and decorated in dark blue upper board, large format about 10 x 8 inches, pictorial dustwrapper, the author, already an accomplished wildfowl artist and writer, joined the Royal Navy serving in the destroyer HMS Broke in the Atlantic until the winter of 1941. When Broke paid off for a long refit he was offered command of a steam gunboat which he accepted. Steam gunboats were the largest vessels of Coastal Forces, 150 feet long powered by twin steam turbines and the most heavily armed ships of the navy for their size with 1 x 3" gun, 2 x 6 pounder guns, 2 x twin 20mm cannon and 2 x 21" torpedo tubes. His account of the 'Battle of the Narrow Seas' relates his and many of his colleagues personal experiences in the Narow Seas, including Lt. Cdrs. Hichens and Dickens, and many lesser known officers and other ranks. The Narrow Seas comprised the English Channel and the southern North Sea, where the Coastal Forces, the ML's, MTB's and MGB's and his own steam gunboats took the battle to the enemy in his own coastal waters; includes accounts of the raids on St. Nazaire and Dieppe, and Normandy, photo ills. include MTB 19, 20, 21, 23, 74, 205, 360, 447, 621, 724, MGB 61, 88, ML 117, 145, 150, 230, 903, 1368, SGB 8, 9, etc., lightly sunned and bumped at extrems., edges tanned, ink inscr. half title, dustwrapper: rubbed with slight loss at extrems., chips and nicks to edges and folds, repaired to reverse, very good in a good plus dustwrapper,
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