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Trawlers Go to War Paperback – 1 May 1974

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: New English Library Ltd; New impression edition (May 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0450011755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0450011757
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Highly recommended! A history of the Royal Naval Patrol Service which operated hundreds of trawlers, both requisitioned and purpose built, as anti submarine escorts and minesweepers in World War Two. Very well researched and written - it sometimes reads like an adventure novel. The book is based on contributions by trawler veterans and written by a veteran. One of the authors, Paul Lund, served on the trawler Lord Austin on the infamous and tragic convoy PQ17 to Russia. If you have an interest in small warships or the Royal Navy in WWII this is the book for you. Gives a vivid and sympathetic picture of the life and exploits of the reservist trawler crews fighting a very different war from the glamorous big ships and destroyers. Many stories of bravery by unheralded men and ships. My one quibble for a book which is a great read and a fine reference is the lack of an index.

The authors have also written a range of other fine books on Britain's small ships and merchant convoys in WWII. These are available cheaply and are well worth searching out. For first hand accounts of action filled service on anti-submarine trawlers see Coxswain in the Northern Convoys by S.Kerslake, My Sea Lady by Graeme Ogden, Being in All Respects Ready for Sea by Herbert Male, Signalman Jones: Based on the Recollections of Geoffrey Holder-Jones, or Really Not Required by Colin Warwick.
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Completely agree with David Lloyd, above - this is a brilliant collection of tales, with many eyewitness accounts among them, of the tiny trawlers that were subsumed into the Royal Navy - and were a separate and very special branch. "In the Cape Town Officers' Club, the skipper-lieutenant of a trawler took a long, cool look at a monocled RAF squadron leader, and told him in blunt terms that he only needed a monocle in another part of his anatomy and he'd make a 'bloody fine telescope'. The Harry tates had arrived." And not just in Cape Town or around British coasts - these trawlers went on the Arctic convoys, the Atlantic convoys, sank U-boats in the Indian Ocean, got into trouble in the USA (and taught them how to run convoys, too), saved many lives, swept many mines, and died in considerable numbers, too. Starting with 600 vessels and 6,000 men, Harty Tate's navy (named after a famous 1920s comedian confunded by modern contraptions) grew to more than ten times that size, and served with great distinction. his is their story, and it is very well told - I was fascinated, and left in awe at what they went through.
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A great little book about a subject I knew very little about. It's amazing how much detail you can get into a book of this size. And all about ships that were just trying to keep the country fed and armed, rather than "how one/three/six men single-handedly won World War 2"
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As an ex matelot I thought this was a great book,( telling it like it was) so to speak.These men were part of the RNPS based at Lowestoft and I have the honor to call one of these men a friend. So thank you for making the purchase of this book possible.
Signed William (Bill) Eaton
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great read, i now know what my father and grandfather had to put up with
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love this,the ship my dad was on in the war is mentioned in this book
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it replaced one that I lost my father served on one during ww2
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