Churchill’s Pirates

The Royal Naval Patrol Service in World War II

Diane Canwell, Jon Sutherland

The Royal Naval Patrol Service was a unique service with its own rules and regulations. Their main tasks included mine sweeping and anti-submarine work. This book looks at the Service personnel, the boats, equipment and includes many firsthand accounts from crew. Lengthy Appendices include vessel's names, numbers and fate.
Date Published :
February 2011
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
60 in plates, 4 maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781848842564
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6 inches
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Overview
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The Royal Naval Patrol Service, or Harry Tate’s Navy as it was commonly known, was a unique service with its own rules and regulations. The officers and seamen were mainly ex-fishermen who had manned trawlers in Icelandic waters. The service was armed mostly with obsolete weaponry and suffered heavy casualties in the early stages of the war. The service was not confined to the seas around Britain and their small trawlers, drifters, paddle steamers, yachts and tugs saw service as far away as the Mediterranean and Newfoundland coast. Their main tasks included convoy escort duties, mine sweeping and anti-submarine work. Many awards for bravery were won including a VC.

This book looks at the Service personnel, the boats, equipment and includes many firsthand accounts from crew. Lengthy Appendices include vessel’s names, numbers and fate.

About The Author
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Diane Canwell has written widely on historical subjects, in particular on military and aviation history, and has long been fascinated by the history of Norfolk and its military heritage. Among her many books are The RAF Air Sea Rescue Service 1918-1986, The Battle of Jutland and Air War Malta.

Jonathan Sutherland has written widely on historical subjects, in particular on military and aviation history, and has long been fascinated by the history of Norfolk and its military heritage. Among his many books are The RAF Air Sea Rescue Service 1918-1986, The Battle of Jutland and Air War Malta.

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