Allied Coastal Forces of World War II Volume 1: Fairmile Marine Company Designs and U.S. Submarine Chasers - John LambertLondon: Conway Maritime Press, 2002, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Facsimiles; Diagrams; Tables; Appendices ;
From the cover: “The major contribution made by Coastal Forces to the Allied war effort has been fully recognised in literature on the Second World War. Motor torpedo boats, PT boats, motor gunboats, launches and submarine chasers served with distinction throughout the war and in every theatre. They performed invaluable service as patrol boats, convoy escorts, minelayers and minesweepers, harbour defence vessels, light landing craft, RAF rescue boats and transports for agents on clandestine missions.
Allied Coastal Forces is the only publication to deal comprehensively with the technical detail of these boats, in words, photographs and line drawings. Volume I covers all the designs of the Fairmile Marine Company (including those craft built and equipped in Canada), together with the 72ft Harbour Defence Motor Launch and the US Navy 110ft subchaser.
Design, construction, equipment and subsequent development are all covered, and builders, construction lists, fates and technical data are given for each type. Separate sections deal with Coastal Forces armament and equipment in full, and appendices including further technical detail, production data, provisioning and typical service records.
John Lambert and Al Ross are recognised as authorities on small warships, and their extensive research has unearthed a wealth of information on Coastal Forces craft. Many of their finely detailed drawings have been redrawn directly from the original builders’ plans, and a high proportion of the photographs have never been published before. Allied Coastal Forces represents a significant addition to the technical literature of the Second World War, and an invaluable source for modellers and naval enthusiasts alike.”