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Victory At Sea: Tales of His Majesty's Coastal Forces

Victory At Sea Front Cover
Table of Contents
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Forward
vii
Abbreviations
x
Acknowledgements
xi
Dedication
xiii
Prologue: A Good War
xv
Chapter 1: Early Patrols
25
Chapter 2: In the Beginning...
33
Chapter 3: The Coastal Forces Navy
43
Chapter 4: Canadians Flock to the Colours
55
Chapter 5: Canadians Join the Battle
83
Chapter 6: A Doomed Convoy
103
Chapter 7: Battles in the Mediterranean
118
Chapter 8: The Invasion of Africa
144
Chapter 9: The Invasion of Sicily
164
Chapter 10: The Canadian Flotilla in the Mediterranean
198
Chapter 11: The Invasion of France
235
Chapter 12: Europe Set Free
269
Epilogue
289
Appendix A: Honours and Awards
291
Appendix B: Canadian Flotillas and Their Captains
300
Bibliography
302
Index
304

Period: World War 2
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Author/Editor: Hal Lawrence
Pages: 322 (aprox)
Published: McClelland & Stewart 1989
(Other Dates Possible)
ISBN: 0771047274
(Other Numbers Possible)
Book Source: CanadaAtWar Collection

"Here is the history of the motor torpedo and motor gun boats and the yarns of Canadians who fought in them in the North Sea, the English Channel, and the Mediterranean: deadly slashing battles, criss-crossing tracer, creaming bow wave and pluming wake, as Germans and Canadians (and British and Dutch) fought in the moon or in the eerie pale light of starshell; the crash of larger guns, the sharp chatter of smaller, the thump thump thump as enemy shell hit our hull. Fires rage, ships blow up, plumes of water from a shore battery's one-ton shells mount far above the mast.
Then it was back to base with the dawn to land the wounded and dead, fuel, store, reammunition, and sleep a few hours; then, perhaps, a walk down a country lane with a girlfriend, bird song and land smell, or a swim at a beach a jolly few hours and a pint of beer in the local pub. Some had wives who saw them sail (and spent a long night, we imagine), then were at the jetty to welcome them home and count the shell holes in the hull.
This is a story of the small ships, the MTBs and MGBs; of the landing craft and Commandos who stormed the beaches of Africa, Sicily, Italy, and France; of the destroyers that swept the enemy off the landing area; and of the long-suffering, plodding merchant ships bringing food and weapons from the New World to the Old"
(From front jacket)


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