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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (8 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846039193
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846039195
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.3 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,522,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Alex de Quesada provides us with the full history of the Coast Guard throughout World War II ... In particular he draws your attention to the little known history of how the US Coast Guard ran a number of landing craft throughout D-Day in 1944, plus how they provided crucial anti-u-boat patrols during the War." - (November 2010)

It s a slender but insightful and rewarding volume, a must on any World War Two bookshelf. --World at War

About the Author

Alejandro de Quesada is a Florida-based military history writer, an experienced researcher and collector of militaria, photos and documents and runs an archive and historical consulting for museums as well as for films as a secondary business with a strong Military History content. He has written over 100 articles and over 25 books, including several for Osprey, and is a leading authority on Latin-American subjects. Author of the following Osprey titles to date: "The Spanish-American War and Philippine Insurrection"; "The US Home Front 1941-45"; "Roosevelt's Rough Riders"; T"he Bay of Pigs;" "The Mexican Revolution"; "The United States Coast Guard during World War Two"; "Spanish Colonial Fortifications in North America."

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By Amy M. Pridham on 6 Jan 2014
Format: Paperback
A great tribute to the forgotten service of the U.S. Coast Guard in WW2, though it only touches the surface. Well written and concise.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Concise History of the Coast Guard at War! 17 Jan 2011
By Michael OConnor - Published on
Format: Paperback
Although overshadowed by their USN compatriots, the men and ships of the US Coast Guard waged just as wide-ranging and deadly a war, some Coast Guardsman actually seeing combat before 7 December 1941. Whether shepherding convoys across the Atlantic, ferrying Marines to Pacific beaches or patrolling the beaches of America, the men - and women - of the USCG played an invaluable role in the final Allied victory. That legacy is detailed in Alejandro de Quesada's comprehensive if dry US COAST GUARD IN WORLD WAR II, published by Osprey in 2010.

Part of Osprey's 'Elite' series, de Quesada's book provides a brief history of the pre-war Coast Guard before summarizing its efforts on the Home Front, Atlantic convoys, activities in the MTO, ETO and PTO, etc. During the war, USCG ships sank 11 Axis submarines, rescued over 2,500 survivors of torpedoed ships, ferried thousands of infantrymen and Marines to enemy beaches and so on. Almost 2,000 Coast Guardsmen died in service.

As with other Elite books. US COAST GUARD IN WORLD WAR II is a clear, crisp overview of the subject. It's not terribly exciting reading but it does give you a nice overview of the subject. Its 64 pages include dozens of photographs and eight pages of color illustrations of uniforms, insignia, etc. As introductory books go, this fills the bill. Recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Big War for a Small Service... 14 July 2012
By D.S.Thurlow - Published on
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The US Coast Guard's participation in the Second World War gets the Osprey treatment in this concise but well-written and heavily illustrated paperback. "US Coast Guard in World War II" narrates the overlooked role of the Coast Guard in the conflict, as it expanded rapidly from its pre-war law enforcement and lifes-saving duties. Author Alejandro De Quesada describes the Coast Guard service in every theater, including the amphibious assaults in the Pacific, the Battle of the Atlantic, and even the D-Day invasion.

The US Coast Guard was and is the smallest of the armed services. It met its wartime missions by a rapid expansion using reservists, unpaid volunteers, and women in a variety of roles, including port security, escort duty, and rescue service. Its integration into the Department of the Navy put Coast Guard crews on a variety of traditionally naval vessels, and coast guardsmen in harm's way. The US Coast Guard's one Medal of Honor winner gave his life to rescure Marines in a tight place on a Japanese-occupied Pacific island.

As with other Osprey editions, this volume has a variety of maps, photographs, and other illustrations, including depictions of the many wartime uniforms worn by Guardsmen. There is a short bibliography pointing the way to additional research for those interested; highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
very beautifull book 4 Oct 2011
By Trombetta - Published on
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very beautifull book who show by detail the use of US goast guard during world war 2 with picture and profils
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Very accurrate and complete 18 Aug 2010
By R. Ford - Published on
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I gave this book to a veteran of the coast guard in World War II and he found all of it, including the pictures, very accurate and complete. He is loaning the book out to other veterans from the other braches of the service to show them what the coast guard did in WWII. This is a good gift for veterans.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Tells of America's fourth armed service that came to life during World War II 13 Jun 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
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Alejandro de Quesada's US COAST GUARD IN WORLD WAR II tells of America's fourth armed service that came to life during World War II and played key roles in important Pacific battles. Wartime photos and uniform plates accompany a fine review of their achievements.
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