Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, 1st.ed., 1996. Xv + 248 pp., frontis + 15 other photo-ills. D.j., 23 x 16cm. FINE. A first-hand account of life aboard large and small British minesweepers during the Second World War, with special emphasis on the line of Royal Navy minesweepers that led the assault on Sword Beach during D-Day. The author was 18 when he joined the RNVR in 1942. In 1944 he was aboard His Majesty’s Minesweeper ML 137, first in the line during that hazardous sweep to clear the way for the landing craft in their wake. The author gives a junior officer’s perspective of that day. His ship went on, after clearing Cherbourg and Brest, to sweep mines in Dutch waters where he was seriously wounded and required plastic-surgery. A richly detailed account of the human side of mine countermeasures.