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5.0 out of 5 stars Admirable volume on MGB, MTB, MLs in the Channel, 3 April 2010
This review is from: The Battle of the Narrow Seas: The History of the Light Coastal Forces in the Channel and North Sea 1939-1945 (Hardcover)
This is a history of the actions of the Motor Torpedo Boats, Motor Gun Boats and Motor Launches, the small ships, in the Channel and North Sea between 1940 and 1945. The writer is *the* Peter Scott, later (1973) Sir Peter Scott, famous naturalist and conservationist, one of the founders of WWF (and designer of its panda logo, by the way), and founder of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. But in the war he was in the R.N.V.R., the 'wavy Navy', and he wrote a passionate history about his time on the 'little ships'; and on all the 'little ships' in this area of operations. There is plenty of detail, a lot of action, and a mixture of general history and his own experiences. I found it a very impressive book, and a very impressive war record, too. These were flimsy, fast craft, who took on German convoys and suffered heavy casualties at times. But they also posed a serious threat to German coastal convoys and their escorts and sank many of them.
Scott writes in his foreword that while it may seem, many years after the war, that it was all a glorious adventure; but... "that *nothing* will ever compensate us for the men we have lost, not even the way so many of them died. " This book, I think, is a fitting monument, and I read it with great interest (which it amply repaid) and with both admiration and gratefulness that the Coastal Forces fought like they did.
In addition to the gripping history, there are many black-and-white photos of the ships in action, as well as paintings and drawings by Scott.
An admirable volume.
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