Privately Printed, 1st.ed., Blackpool, 1997. X + 208 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs, line drawings, maps, etc. Pict. c.c., 24 x 18cm. V.G. This is one of the few books to provide a detailed account of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Minesweepers of the Second World War. The author served in minesweepers himself during the conflict, and chapter by chapter he describes the careers and wartime operations of the paddle minesweepers : the Hunts (or ‘Smokey Joes’), the Halcyon, Bangor, Bathurst and Algerine classes, and ex. USN vessels. The book is illustrated with many photographs, maps and line drawings.