Churchill's Pirates (Paperback)
The Royal Naval Patrol Service in World War II
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The Royal Naval Patrol Service, or Harry Tates 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 vessels names, numbers and fate.
Review by John JohnstonAustralian Naval Institute
Sutherland and Canwell give due prominence to the bravery and fortitude shown by the officers and men of the RNPS. The latter part of the book contains an index of vessels lost and the medal roll of honour that will gratify genealogists and researchers of family history, while students of military technology will find the operations of wooden hulled motor yachts and the armed trawlers have lessons for those of minesweepers and offshore patrol vessels today. The general reader, however, will be engrossed by this fascinating and compelling story of a strange and little known part of the war at sea.
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'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.Naval Historical Collectors & research Assosiation
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.
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.The Naval Review NHCRA
This book makes a fitting and accessible tribute.
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.The Nautical Magazine
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.