on 7 May 2009
REVIEWS on 'The Cockleshell Canoes'
This from Prof. Eric Grove - Review in Navy News May 2009.
' this volume really is one of the most original, interesting and informative to have appeared recently'
'an excellent and ground breaking work',
'described in great detail'.
From 'The Croaker' April 2009 issue by M.J.A.
'Clarity of delivery'.
'Rees writes well and his narrative flows'
'a stimulating and revealing tract'
'fascinating and detailed accounts'
Globe and Laurel - March - April 2009 issue by G.A.D
' this great and important military and maritime story - which he tells very well',
'good looking and man sized book' with 'stunning photographs'
'Navy News' is a Uk based magazine highly rated. highly subscribed.
'The Croaker' is a Subscription only magazine especially for Special Forces past and present ONLY.
'The Globe and Laurel' is a magazine of the Royal Marines.
The Navy News does a free on line edition - review is on page 44.
on 1 February 2009
As a reference work on these small craft of WW2 it has been meticulously researched and well written. The number of craft built and design features incorporated is quite surprising, though from the point of view of the modern kayaker they were referred to as canoes. As a book very much for the historian as a point of reference it does mention its operational use where facts can be found. This may open the door for more research regarding their operational use and equipment from those involved at the sharp end of special operations at that time.