1st.ed., 1977. 575 pp., 330 photo-ills + many specially prepared drawings. D.j., 25 x 20cm. Nr.FINE. In this important work, the author provides a detailed study of all the Allied escort classes built between 1939 and 1945 used so extensively in anti-submarine, anti-aircraft, surface and assault operations. This is the first combined study of its kind and contains a wealth of information hitherto unpublished. Each Navy has its own section - The Royal Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Indian Navy, Royal New Zealand Navy, South African Naval Forces, and the United States Navy. There is a chapter for each class covering design evolution, major conversions, and war service. A special feature describes the guns, anti-submarine weapons, and radar sets, in addition to a full pendant number list (published for the first time). There are also chapters on ships transferred during the war, escort building programmes, comparative production rates, and Allied escort vessels in service ' North Atlantic, English Channel / North Sea, Mediterranean, and the Far East. Illustrated with 330 photographs and many drawings. A definitive study.