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Churchill's Pirates (Hardback)

The Royal Naval Patrol Service in World War II

Maritime Churchill Naval Warfare WWII

By Diane Canwell, Jon Sutherland
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781848842564
Published: 10th November 2010
Last Released: 27th October 2010

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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 first-hand accounts from crew. Lengthy Appendices include vessel s names, numbers and fate.

'Engaging' The depiction's of the RNPOS are so compelling that one feels a small burst of excitement on the admittedly rare occasions a trawler sinks submarine.

The Northern Mariner - Dec 2011

This book makes a fitting and accessible tribute.

The authors have done for the Second World War Royal Patrol Service what E Keble Chatterton did in the 1930's for its First World War predecessor, the Auxiliary patrol - produce a book that will be a definitive work on Britain's wartime Trawlers, drifters and minesweepers.

Naval Historical Collectors & research Assosiation

The superbly detailed text is enhanced significantly by nearly a hundred pages of appendices that list all trawler losses from 1939 to 1945, with additional information on each vessels and its fate, where known.

This book makes a fitting and accessible tribute.

The Naval Review NHCRA

There are many illustrations of the bravery and remarkable skills of the people and the durability of their ships, whether working as minesweepers, submarine hunters or straight convoy escorts.

It does bring home the mixture of officers and ratings from a wide assortment of backgrounds. The reading here is good value for an average price that whets the appetite for more.

The Nautical Magazine
 Diane Canwell

About Diane Canwell

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


 Jon Sutherland

About Jon Sutherland

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

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