Convoys & Escorts

Adcock, A. (1997) Destroyer Escorts in Action. Squadron/Signal Pubns. or

Bailey, C.H. (1994) The Royal Naval Museum Book of the Battle of the Atlantic - The Corvettes and their Crews: An Oral History. Alan Sutton. [A fascinating book chronicling the experiences of the crews of the convoy escorts.] or

Bercuson, D.J. & Herwig, H.H. (2001) Deadly Seas: The Duel between the St. Croix and the U-305 in the Battle of the Atlantic Vintage Books Canada. or

Burn, A. (1998) Fighting Captain: The Story of Frederic John Walker RN, CB, DSO and the Battle of the Atlantic. [Biography of the celebrated U-boat hunter.] or

Burn, A. (1999) Fighting Commodores: Convoy Commanders in the Second World War. or

Cledlyn Jones, D. (1999) The Enemy We Killed, My Friend. Gomer Press.

Collingwood, D.J. (1999) Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War. Naval Institute Press. [The story of US Destroyer Escorts lent to Britain in WW2.] or

Cooper, S. (1997) Liberty Ship: The Voyages of the John W. Brown, 1942-1946. Naval Institute Press. or

Curry, F. (1990) War at Sea: A Canadian Sailor in the North Atlantic. Lugus.

Dailey, F.E. Jr. (1998) Joining The War At Sea 1939-1945. Dailey. [Told from the perspective of a gunnery officer on a WW II destroyer, this book covers action in North Atlantic convoys and in five assault landings.] or

Darlington, R & McKee, F. (1998) Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-45: The Successes and Losses of the Canadian Navy in WW2. Vanwell. or

Duskin, G & Segman, R. (2005) If the Gods Are Good: The Sacrifice of HMS Jervis Bay. Crecy Publishing. or

Edwards, B. (1997) Attack and Sink: the Battle for Convoy SC42. New Guild. [First hand accounts from both sides retell the story of the convoy Dönitz said must not get through.] or

Elliott, G. (1995) Liberty Ships Eastward. Provincial. [The adventures of a young Merchant Marine officer aboard a World War II Liberty ship on the Murmansk run and in other convoys.]

Elphick, P. (2001) Liberty: The Ship That Won the War. Chatham Publishing. or

Evans, M.L. (1999) Great World War II Battles in the Arctic. Greenwood Publishing Group. or

Forester, C.S. (1998) The Good Shepherd. G.K. Hall/Naval Institute Press. or An audio version is also available from

Gaines, C.P. & Miles, E.E. (2001) Last Convoy to Europe. or

German, T. (1992) The Sea is at Our Gates: The History of the Canadian Navy. McClelland & Steward. or

Gibson, C.D. (1992) The Ordeal of Convoy NY119. Ensign Press.

Goodman, S. (2001) Fighting Merchantmen. Halsgrove.

Grove, E.J. ed. (1997) The Defeat of the Enemy Attack on Shipping. Ashgate. [Revised edition of Barley & Waters' Naval Staff History.] or

Gyles, T. & Stobart, N. (1998) Deep Their Grave: Diary of a Merchant Ship & Her Crew During the Battle of the Atlantic 1942. Pod Publications.

Hague, A. (1998) Convoy Rescue Ships. World Ship Soc.

Hague, A. (2000) The Allied Convoy System. Chatham Publishing. or

Harbron, J.D. (1998) The Longest Battle: The RCN in the Atlantic 1939-45. [Picture book with excellent selection of photographs.]

de Hartog, J. (1988) The Captain. Nautical & Aviation Pub Co. [Fictionalized account of Convoy PQ17.] or

Haskell, W.A. (1999) Shadows on the Horizon: The Battle of Convoy HX-233. Naval Institute Press. or

Hoehling, A.A. (1996) The Fighting Liberty Ships: A Memoir (Bluejacket Books). Naval Institute Press. or

Jackson, R. (2000) Destroyers, Frigates and Corvettes. Grange Books.

Johnston, M. (1994) Corvettes Canada: Convoy Veterans of WW2 Tell Their True Stories. McGraw-Hill.

Kaplan, P. & Currie, J. (1998) Convoy: Merchant Sailors at War 1939-45. Aurum. [Beautifully illustrated 'coffee-table' book with a large selection of interesting quotes.] or

Kemp, P. (2002) Convoy. Cassell. or

Lamb, J.B. (1998) The Corvette Navy: True Stories from Canadas Atlantic War. Stoddart. or

Lamb, J.B. (2000) On the Triangle Run: The Fighting Spirit of Canada's Navy. Stoddart. or

Linskey, B. (1999) No Longer Required. Pisces Press. [The wartime experiences of a merchant seaman who saw action in Atlantic and Arctic convoys, and who spent seven days in a lifeboat after the SS Ashby was torpedoed.]

Macintyre, D. (1999) U-boat Killer. Weidenfield & Nicolson. [Re-issue of book written by renowned U-boat hunter.]

Middlebrook, M. (2003) Convoy: The Greatest U Boat Battle of the War. [The story of Convoys SC122 and HX229.] or

Mills, M.O. (2000) Convoy PQ13. B. Durnford Publishing.

Milner, M. (1994) U-boat Hunters: The Royal Canadian Navy and the Offensive against Germany's Submarines. Naval Institute Press. or

Milner, M. & Macpherson, K. (2001) Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945. Vanwell Publishing. or

Monsarrat, N. (1956) The Cruel Sea. Burford/Penguin. [Classic novel about the U-boat hunting exploits of the corvette, HMS Compass Rose]. or also supply a BBC audio version.

Monsarrat, N. (2000) Three Corvettes. Cassell. [Reprint of Monsarrat's account of convoy life and action.]

Mumford, J. Gordon. (2000) The Black Pit...and Beyond. General Store Pub House. [A first-hand account of the experiences of a 17 year-old merchant navy radio officer during WW2. The infamous "black pit" is an area in the Atlantic Ocean where U-boats were able to operate freely on the surface without fear of attack from the air. Mumford's ship, the Scottish Heather, entered the black pit in December 1942. The ship was torpedoed, and the crew put out to sea in a lifeboat. Thus begins a fascinating narrative. A useful review of this book is available.]

O'Brien, D.Q. (1999) HX72 - The First Convoy to Die. Nimbus Publishing. [Highly recommended, definitive account of the attack on HX72.]

Pope, D. (2001) Convoy. House of Stratus. [Reissue of Pope's novel.] or

Prim, J. & McCarthy, M. (1995) Those in peril: the U-boat menace to Allied shipping in Newfoundland and Labrador waters, World War I and World War II. Jesperson Press.

Rayner, D.A. (1998) Escort: The Battle of the Atlantic (Classics of Naval Literature Series). Naval Institute Press.

Reed, J.H. (2000) Convoy Maniac R.B.1. The Book Guild Ltd. [Recollections of WW2 convoy duty.]

Ruegg, B. & Hague, A. (1992) Convoys to Russia: Allied Convoys and Naval Surface Operations in Arctic Waters, 1941-5. World Ship Society.

Schull, J. (1987) Far Distant Ships: An Official Account of Canadian Naval Operations in the Second World War. General Distribution Services.

Smith, K. (1996) Conflict over Convoys: Anglo-American Logistics Diplomacy in the Second World War. Cambridge Univ Pr. [Examines the Battle of the Atlantic from the perspective of Anglo-American diplomacy, deepening our understanding of Allied strategy, British industrial decline, and operations TORCH and OVERLORD.] or

Smith, P.C. (1998) Pedestal. Crecy. [The story of the famous convoy to Malta. The author's web-site provides more details on this book and many others relating to WW2.]

Tennent, A.J. (2001) British and Commonwealth Merchant Ship Losses to Axis Submarines, 1939-1945. Sutton Publishing.

Thomas, D.A. (1999) Malta Convoys. Pen & Sword Books.

Walkowiak, T.F. (1987) Destroyer Escorts of the World War Two: Warship's Data Special. Pictorial Histories.

Warwick, C. (1997) Really Not Required. The Pentland Press. [Naval autobiography covering wartime convoy escort experiences.]

Whinney, B. (1999) The U-Boat Peril: A Fight for Survival. Cassell. or

Winton, J. (1983) Convoy: The Defence of Sea Trade 1890-1990. Michael Joseph. [A rare investigation of the role of convoy protection in wartime.]

Woodman, R. (1994) The Arctic Convoys 1941-45. John Murray. or

Woodman, R. (2000) Malta Convoys, 1940-1943. John Murray. or

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