Out Sweeps! The Story of the Minesweepers in World War II by Paul Lund; Harry Ludlam;. Published by New English Library, 1979, Paperback.
Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Light reading creases to the spine. Leans. Pages lightly age-tanned. Slightly fragile with age now.
First in this, paperback, edition. First published in Great Britain in 1978 by W. Foulsham & Co Ltd. From the cover: Here for the first time is the story of the forgotten ships of World War II the Naval minesweepers. These were not specially built craft but often hastily converted fishing trawlers. Their battle against the highly destructive magnetic mine, the acoustic and antenna mines, and a succession of other cunning enemy underwater devices is here told by the men who sailed in the sweepers. OUT SWEEPS! describes the exploits of the trawlers sent out to catch mines instead of fish; the adventures of the old coal-burning smokey Joe sweepers resurrected from the Great War; the intrepid Halcyons battling with the elements and the enemy in the Arctic; the lively, over-crowded Bangors and the far-ranging Algerines all told with drama and humour by the men who risked their lives night and day to clear the seas.