River-class Frigates and The Battle of the Atlantic: A Technical and Social History - Brian LaveryLondon: National Maritime Museum, 2006, Paperback.
Condition: Near Fine.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Facsimiles; Diagrams; Maps; Cutaways;
From the cover: “This in-depth study begins by looking at the ships available to Churchill and the Admiralty at the start of the war, including the Flower-class Twin-screw Corvette. Brian Lavery explains why the River-class became necessary; the key people involved in its design, and highlights the pressures and lime constraints under which the plans were developed. Using his extensive knowledge of shipyards and shipbuilding, Lavery brings great depth and insight into his account of wartime ship construction and the people involved. Weapons in particular the Hedgehog, depth charges and minesweeping gear, as well as technology such as Asdic are examined as lie illustrates what made the River-class effective in anti-submarine warfare.
Anti-submarine warfare would be impossible without a highly trained and motivated crew, led by the right men. Lavery examines the roles of the officers, seamen, engineers and ratings, as well as their training, accommodation and health on board. He also looks at the specific training given to all crew members at bases such as Western Isles, which allowed the River-class to play such a vital role in highly complex convoy defence and attack manoeuvres whilst also maintaining discipline and high levels of motivation on what could be very frustrating or mundane trips.”