From the year 1066 the English Channel has provided Great Britain with a natural defensive barrier, but never more than in the early days of World War Two. This book relates how the Royal Navy defended that vital seaway throughout the war. From the early days of the Dover Patrols, through the traumas of the Dunkirk evacuation, the battles of the Channel convoys; the war against the E-boats and U-boats; the tragic raids at Dieppe and St Nazaire; the escape of the German battle-fleet; coastal convoys; the Normandy landings and the final liberation of the Channel Islands. Many wartime photographs, charts and tables add to this superb account of this bitterly contested narrow sea.
Peter C. Smith is an internationally renowned author on the history of the dive-bomber, especially with regard to the feared and reviled Junkers Ju 87. His first book, Stuka at War, appeared in 1971 and contained a foreword by Hans-Ulrich Rudel, sole holder of the Golden Oak Leaves with Swords and Diamonds to the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. He is also author of Junkers Ju 87 Stuka (1998), Stuka Squadron (1990), Stuka Spearhead (1998), Stukas over the Mediterranean (1999), and Stukas over the Steppe (1999). His wider interest in the dive-bomber has led to books on the Vultee Vengeance, Curtiss SB2C Helldiver, North American A-36 Apache, Petlyakov Pe-2 Peshka, Blackburn Skua. Douglas SBD Dauntless, Douglas AD Skyraider, and the Aichi D3A1/2 as well as many articles for several leading military and aviation magazines.