Stead, Gordon W.
Title A LEAF UPON THE SEA: A SMALL SHIP IN THE MEDITERRANEAN, 1941-1943.
Book Condition Very Good
Jacket Condition Very Good-
Edition First Edition
Publisher Vancouver University of British Columbia Press 1988
0774802995 / 9780774802994
Seller ID 22893
185 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs, maps. "The Mediterranean Sea in World War II was the scene of prolonged and violent naval warfare between the British and the Axis powers, Italy and Germany. The stories of the major squadrons and their admirals have been told, as their actions led directly to the outcomes. Here is the tale of the smallest surface ships, their officers and men who, at the very tip of British sea power in that disputed sea, played vital roles in making posible the successes of the more famous forces. It is told by one of them - a Canadian on loan to the Royal Navy - who took a leading part from the lowest ebb in British fortunes through the struggle against almost overwhelming odds to the climax of the first landings on the continent of Europe. The select 3rd Flotilla of Motor Launches - known as MLs in the United Kingdom and in Canada as 'Fairmiles' - was the first to go abroad from the British Isles and the only one sent into the eye of the storm as the larger ships were driven out. Stead recalls passages in disguise through hostile waters, successful fights with aircraft, the siege and blitz of Malta, major convoy battles, minesweeping in the forefront of the action, and the landings that drove Mussolini's Italy out of the war. He not only records specific contributions to the Allied cause unique for vessels of this type, but also gives a front-row view of the battle for the central Medi terranean." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very light edge wear, previous owner's small label on free front endpaper. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, slight fading to colour on spine and at t op of front hinge.