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The Coal-Scuttle Brigade Paperback – 1 Jan 1973

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Product details

  • Paperback: 125 pages
  • Publisher: New English Library; paperback / softback edition (1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0450013545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0450013546
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 971,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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WW2 paperback, fine, true In stock shipped from our UK warehouse

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very short book but packed with incident, detail and forthright opinions about blunders, weak euqipment and tactics and general mistakes by both sides (not all of which I agree with). Each chapter jumps from one subject to another, which I know some people don't like, but it's fine by me, as most chapters deal with subjects that are new to me. I've deducted one star because it is very short; I read it through in one sitting today.
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Recommended. A very readable history of the WWII convoys to and from London along the east and south east coast of England. Early in the war these convoy routes were some of the hardest fought in the conflict. Unlike the Atlantic the main threat to the convoys was not German U-Boats but aircraft, mines and E-Boats. Most of the ships were humble colliers. Includes the special units who manned the AA guns on the merchant ships. A fascinating book which could have been longer to do justice to this campaign. Unfortunately there is no index or bibliography.

For a superb recent history of the east coast convoys see Coastal Convoys 1939-1945: The Indestructible Highway by Nick Hewitt. See also East Coast Corvette, the second of the wartime corvette trilogy by Nicholas Monsarrat from his service as First Lieutenant on HMS Guillemot (included in the THREE CORVETTES.. For a broader view of the conflict in the English Channel in WW2 see Hold the Narrow Sea: Naval Warfare in the English Channel, 1939-45 by Peter Smith.
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"Twice every seven days the convoys of slow, rugged colliers passed through the most bitterly contested waterway of the war. Attack was certain: from the French coast, heavy shore batteries would open up; Stukas would stalk them, screaming down from above the cliffs; on the edge of the swept channel, E-boats would lie in ambush, and in a few seconds the night would errupt into a chaos of gunfire, tracers and torpedo explosions...Here is the magnificent, true story of those heroic convoys, of the ships which formed 'The Coal-Scuttle Brigade'."

"A splendid book. There had been many about the war at sea from both sides, but none so fascinating as this one. It is a story to thrill and make proud every Englishman." - MANCHESTER EVENING CHRONICLE

"Crisp, factual documentation at its best, told without exaggeration or heroics." - YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

"A magnificent story." - SHEFFIELD TELEGRAPH

Non fiction account of the dangerous British convoys in the English Channel during the Second World War.
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Great book shame about the postage
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