Hold the Narrow Sea: Naval Warfare in the English Channel 1939-1945

Hold the Narrow Sea: Naval Warfare in the English Channel 1939-1945

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Naval Warfare in the English Channel during World War II

Hold the Narrow Sea: Naval Warfare in the English Channel 1939-1945

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It is not often remembered just how many battles took place in the constricted waters of the English Channel during World War II. The well-known south coast resorts which seem so calm today were once silent witnesses to some of the fiercest close-range naval battles of modern times. Many people envisage it as a war of motor torpedo boat against E boat, a war of small craft and high-speed encounters. There was indeed much of this warfare, but there was a sterner side. All manner of warships were engaged in surface fighting. German destroyers entered British coastal waters undetected despite patrol boats, radar watch and many observers along the coast, to lay deadly minefields before escaping unharmed. Raids were conducted across these waters, as were evacuations; both had involved fierce fighting. Endless convoys braved the deadly perils of E boats, aircraft and mines to deliver their previous cargoes.

Finally, the greatest invasion of all time was launched across this narrow stretch of water, the historic Narrow Sea, which has for centuries secured England against the foreign invader. For the first time an in-depth study of the surface naval actions in the English Channel between 1939 and 1945 is fully presented, including many battles which are unrecorded in other works. The result is a unique record of the Royal Navy’s part in protecting the gateway to England at the time of its greatest peril.

Hardcover, 255pgs, well illustrated with photographs and maps, select bibliography, index. Very good, jacket slightly damaged.

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Short Description Naval Warfare in the English Channel during World War II
Weight (g) 700.0000
Author Peter C. Smith
Publisher Moorland Publishing
Date Published 1984
ISBN 0 86190 079 0
Size 240mm x 165mm

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