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Coastal Convoys 1939-1945: The Indestructible Highway / - Nick Hewitt

Barnsley: Pen & Sword Maritime, 2008, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps; Tables; List of sources; Appendices [2];

From the cover: “The War in the Atlantic has received much deserved attention from historians. Yet, shamefully little has been written about the vital east coast convoys that, throughout the war, moved essential supplies, particularly coal, from the north to the south of England in small, slow freighters to keep the British economy working.

Coastal Convoys 1939 — 1945: The Indestructible Highway describes Britain’s dependence on coastal shipping and the introduction of the convoy system in coastal waters at the outset of the war. It brings to life the hazards of the German mining offensive of 1939, the desperate battles fought in coastal waters during 1940 and 1941, and the long struggle against German air and naval forces which lasted to the end of the Second World War. The heroes of the hour were the crews of these often unarmed vessels and the author draws on many personal accounts. The important role played by coasters during the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940 and the Normandy landings in 1944 is also well covered.

Written by the resident historian of HMS Belfast, with full access to all archives, Coastal Convoys is a fascinating and revealing account of the long-running and unequal campaign between slow, often unarmed coastal merchantmen and the E-boats and other powerful ships of the German navy. Addressing a long neglected and largely untold chapter of the naval war, it fills authoritatively a significant gap in the naval history of the Second World War.”


Foreword or introduction by Richard Woodman. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XII] 244 pages.
£16.00