The Dover Patrol 1915 – 1917.
Hutchinson and Co. Paternoster Row.
TWO VOLUMES. FIRST EDITION. 4to. 6.25 x 9 inches. Vol. I, xxxiv + 326 pp.; Vol. II, x + 327-643 pp. Title pages in red and black. Bound in original navy cloth, gilt. A little wear to extremities, browning of fly leaves and scattered foxing, including title page of Vol. II; otherwise a very good set. Illustrated by 2 portrait frontispieces, 60 pages of plates, 14 folding charts, maps and diagrams, including two large charts at ends, some coloured and by 16 diagrams in text. (Some plate locations do not correspond to the lists at the front.) The first edition of the classic account of the part played by the Dover Patrol in the First World War. The achievement of keeping the Dover Straits free of the menace of submarine attack during this conflict is one of the great victories of the war, and despite the thousands of crossings by troop ships and logistical supplies, from Dover and Folkestone not one vessel making the short crossing was sunk by U-boat or mine during the conflict. The book also covers coastal bombardments, planning the blocking of Zeebrugge and Ostend, the Channel barrages, the work of the drifters and coastal craft, Dover Harbour and the air service. Vice-Admiral Sir Reginald Bacon (1863-1947) commanded the Dover Patrol from 1915, until he was relieved by Roger Keyes on 1st January 1918.
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