Churchill's Moat: The Channel War 1939-1945 - Robert JacksonShrewsbury: Airlife Publishing Ltd., 1995, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; References; 2 column text;
From the cover: “From the grim days of the Battle of Britain to the launching of the Allied invasion armada in June 1944, the English Channel was the world’s most bitterly contested waterway. Ports, harbours and coastal towns on either side were subjected to attack by the opposing air forces; long-range artillery pumped heavy-calibre shells across the Straits of Dover, bringing civilians into the front line; warships and aircraft sought to destroy convoys in passage, resulting in short and furious engagements that produced moments of great bravery on both sides.
Those years witnessed times of high drama: the blocking of St Nazaire harbour in March 1942; the ‘Channel Dash’ by the German battlecruisers Scharnhorst, Gneisenau and Prinz Eugen two months earlier; the tragic operation at Dieppe in August.
Right up to the eve of D-Day the savage battle went on, with German E-boats making desperate and often suicidal forays to within sight of the British coast. Sometimes they succeeded in their mission — witness the occasion when they attacked an American amphibious force practising invasion tactics off the southwest coast and inflicted fearsome casualties.
In Churchill’s Moat, military historian Robert Jackson tells the story of the Channel war from beginning to end, drawing on official records and the experiences of those who took part: the crews of MTBs and destroyers, RAF anti-shipping crews, the men who stormed the beaches at Dieppe and Normandy, and civilians who were on the receiving end of attack. It is a remarkable account of courage and fortitude, sustained through the years of Britain’s direst peril.”