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TITLE

AUTHOR

PUBLISHER

ISBN

PRICE

A Corkhead's Chronicle - Experiences of a Royal Navy Clearance Diver 1955-76
Paperback: 304 pages
David J. Lott BEM Woodfield (2005) 1 84683 001 X £15 
Former FCPO(D) Dave 'Mona' Lott's career as a CD including mentions of MCDOs and CDOs Pat Dowland, Bill Filer, Franky Franklin, Bill Grady, Steve Gobey, Mike Harwood, David Hilton, Stuart Honour, Jumbo Jervis, Ken Kempsell, Cyril Lafferty, Hamish Loudon, Chris Massie-Taylor, Gerry 'Pincher' Martin, Les Maynard, Neil Merrick, Peter Messervy, John O'Driscoll, Harry Parker, Bob Pilling, Jon Riches, Norman Taylor, Ed Thompson, Julian Thomson, Harry Wardle, Jackie Warner and Bob White plus many other CDs of all ranks and rates although some names are spelled imaginatively.
A Diver in the Dark
Paperback: 180 pages
Sydney Knowles BEM Woodfield (2009) 1 84683 082 6 £14.95 (plus £1.75 UK or £4.75 rest of world P&P)
Entertaining memoir of a pioneer Royal Navy Clearance Diver and diving partner of Commander Lionel 'Buster' Crabb OBE GM. Foreword written by Rob Hoole, Vice Chairman & Webmaster, Minewarfare & Clearance Diving Officers' Association (MCDOA).

A Million Tears

Paperback: 544 pages

Paul Henke

Good Read Publishing Limited (May 1998)

1 9024 8300 6

£9.99

 

The first in MCDOA member Paul's fictional series about the powerful Griffiths dynasty which originates in humble circumstances in Wales.

All Mine!

Paperback: 136 pages

Noel Cashford MBE

ALD Design & Print (Jul 2002)

279 Sharrow Vale Road

Sheffield

S11 8ZF

 

Tel: 0114267 9402

Email: a.lofthouse@btinternet.com

1 9015 8723 1

£7.95

 

MCDOA associate member Noel's touching, humorous and well-illustrated autobiographical account of an RNVR Bomb & Mine Disposal Officer.  In 6 years, he made safe over 200 devices, 57 in a mere three days.

All Theirs!

Paperback: 150 pages

Noel Cashford MBE

ALD Design & Print (Jul 2002)

279 Sharrow Vale Road

Sheffield

S11 8ZF

 

Tel: 0114267 9402

Email: a.lofthouse@btinternet.com

1 9015 8738-X

£7.95 (plus £2 P&P)

 

MCDOA associate member Noel's vivid, entertaining and informative stories about WW II and post-war activities of EOD operators including MCDOA members Ken Kempsell, Brian Dutton, Colin Churcher, Martin Jenrick and Dave Welch.  Well supported with illustrations, sketches and photos.
Ask Forgiveness Not Permission - The True Story of an Operation in Pakistan's Badlands
Paperback: 339 pages
Howard Leedham Bene Factum Publishing
(2012)
978-1-903071-67-0 £12.99
An autobiographical account Howard Leedham's transition from RN Clearance Diver and decorated Fleet Air Arm pilot to being recruited by the CIA to train and lead a 50-strong group of helicopter-borne paramiltaries against terrorist groups in the badlands of Pakistan.

BANG
Paperback: 169 pages

Noel Cashford MBE

ALD Design & Print (Jul 2002)

279 Sharrow Vale Road

Sheffield

S11 8ZF

 

Tel: 0114267 9402

Email: a.lofthouse@btinternet.com

1 9015 8771 1

£8.95

 

A pot-pourri of significant incidents involving explosives but it also refers to the EOD exploits of many RN, Army and RAF figures. Familiar naval Bomb & Mine Disposal characters include British, Australian and Canadian operatives such as Lt Bill Bailey DSC GM* RNVR, CPO Charles Baldwin DSM, Lt John Bridge GC GM* RNVR, Cdr Lionel 'Buster' Crabb OBE GM RNVR, CPO Reginald Ellingworth GC, Lt Anthony Firminger GM DSM RNVR, Lt Percy Grant GM RNVR, Lt Cdr Geoffrey Hodges GM RNVR, Lt George Goodman MBE GC RNVR, Lt Cdr George Gosse GC RANVR, Cdr Gordon Gutteridge OBE RN, Cdr James Harries OBE GM* RCNVR, Sub Lt Donald Kirkland MBE RNVR, Cdr Edward Obbard DSC GM RN, Sub Lt Ronald Orr GM RNVR, Cdr John Ouvry DSO RN, Lt Cdr Dick Ryan GC RN, Lt Ronald Saull GM RNVR and AB Maurice Woods GM. Post-WWII naval personnel include LS(D) Peter Alderton BEM, PO (later Lt Cdr) Peter Cobby BEM, MCDOA member Lt Cdr Brian Dutton DSO QGM RN, FCPO(D) Mick Fellows MBE* DSC BEM, AB(D) Eric Harris BEM, Lt Charles Heatley MBE RN, Lt Cdr Mark Terrell MBE RN and CPO(D) Graham 'Piggy' Trotter DSM.

Chaos

Paperback: 384 pages

Paul Henke

Good Read Publishing Limited (Jan 2002)

1 902483049

£7.99

 

Adventure story.  MCDOA member Paul's books feature Nick Hunter, a retired MCDO, as the James Bond-like hero who saves the world.
Courage Beyond Duty
Paperback: 218 pages
Noel Cashford MBE

ALD Design & Print (Jul 2002)

279 Sharrow Vale Road

Sheffield

S11 8ZF

 

Tel: 0114267 9402

Email: a.lofthouse@btinternet.com

1 901587890 £9.99
The late MCDOA member Noel Cashford's final book, published posthumously.  It contains stories of brave men and women who render safe unexploded bombs, mines and other explosive nasties wherever they come to light in this country and abroad, on land and in the oceans of the world.

Debacle

Paperback: 544 pages

Paul Henke

Good Read Publishing Limited (Jul 1999)

1 9024 8301 4

£4.79

 

Adventure story.  MCDOA member Paul's books normally feature Nick Hunter, a retired MCDO, as the James Bond-like hero who saves the world.

Desert Sailor - a War of Mine

Paperback: 208 pages

James T. Hewitt

 

Canadian Peacekeeping Press

Pearson Peacekeeping Centre (1998)

PO Box 100

Clementsport

Nova Scotia

Canada

BOS 1EO

 

1 8965 5117 3

$24.95 plus $5 shipping

 

MCDO Jim Hewitt transferred to the RN from the Canadian Navy in the early '70s then transferred back soon after completing a few RN appointments and LMCDO 76.  This is an autobiographical account of his period with the Multinational MCM Group during the Gulf War.

Dive Navy

Paperback: 255 pages.

Harry Wardle

 

CPW Books

1 Harbour Road

Hayling Island

Hampshire

PO11 0HR

(2002)

 

Tel: 023 9346 5511

0 9523 1621 8

£10.00 including P&P

 

Autobiography.  MCDOA member Harry's book incorporates the contents of Forecastle to Quarterdeck plus Harry's ensuing naval career as a clearance diving officer at the centre of record-breaking achievements and developments from 1945 to his retirement in 1958 as the Deputy Superintendent of Diving.
Diver Tony Groom Seafarer Books
102 Redwald Road
Rendlesham
Suffolk
IP12 2TE
1 906266 066 £9.95
Autobiography. Former CD and Falklands veteran Tony Groom's entertaining account of his time in the Royal Navy, focusing particularly on his time with FCDT1 during the Falklands conflict, and his later career in commercial diving. Contains far too many familiar names to list.
Far from Breaking Waves - A Sailor Cast Adrift in Afghanistan
Paperback: 316 pages
Bradley Vincent Book Pal
(2012)
www.bookpal.au
978-742842-75-2 $18 AUD
Autobiography.  MCDOA member Dave 'Spidey' Ince uses a flashback technique to describe his eventful transition from joining the Royal Navy as a MW (Minewarfare) rating in 1983 through his commissioning and qualification as an MCD Officer to becoming a Royal Australian Navy member helping to run ISAF's Joint Counter-IED HQ in Kabul during the war in Afghanistan.  Thoroughly entertaining.

Forecastle to Quarterdeck
Paperback: 154 pages

Harry Wardle

 

CPW Books

1 Harbour Road

Hayling Island

Hampshire

PO11 0HR

(1994)

 

Tel: 023 9346 5511

0 9523 1620 X

£4.95

 

Autobiography.  The first part of MCDOA member Harry's naval career covering his colourful life on the lower deck around the globe from 1935 to 1945.

In2Deep
Paperback: 377 pages

Tony Groom

 

A La Puce Publications

(2010)

 

www.la-puce.co.uk

0 9562691 1 9

£9.99

 

Ex-CD and Falklands veteran Tony Groom's thriller about the adventures of treasure-hunting ex-CD Nick Carter.  I've only read the first three chapters so far but I'm gripped already.  Buy via Tony's website (www.deep-sea-diving.com) and he'll inscribe the book for you.
Jacks of All Trades - Operational Records of TON Class Minesweepers & Minehunters
Paperback: 134 pages
Peter Down
(Editor)
Ton Class Association (2012) 0 9570588 0 4 £9.99
Companion volume to 'Last of the Wooden Walls'.

Keep Your Head Down- A Falklands Farewell

Hardcover: 226 pages 

Bernie Bruen MBE DSC

 

The Book Guild Ltd

(Apr 1998)

1 8577 6262 2

£15

 

MCDOA member Bernie's autobiographical account of his EOD experiences in the Falklands.

Keep Your Head Down- Falkland Notes by Pen and Fiddle

Hardcover: 180 pages

Bernie Bruen MBE DSC

Parapress (Jan 1993)

 

1 8985 9400 7

TBA

 

MCDOA member Bernie's autobiographical  account of his EOD experiences in the Falklands.
Last of the Wooden Walls - An Illustrated History of the TON Class Minesweepers and Minehunters
Hardcover: 160 pages
Rob Hoole
(Editor)
Halsgrove
(2012)
0 85704 127 2 £24.99
Published to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Ton Class Association.  Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales.

Mayhem

Paperback: 325 pages

Paul Henke

Good Read Publishing Limited (Nov 2000)

1 90248 3022

£9.99

 

Adventure story.  MCDOA member Paul's books normally feature Nick Hunter, a retired MCDO, as the James Bond-like hero who saves the world.
Mines over Malta - The Wartime Exploits of Cdr Edward D Woolley GM* RNVR
Paperback: 136 pages
Frederick R Galea Wise Owl Publications, Malta (2008). Click on book title for order form. 978 99932 92 84 5 £11.50 (plus £3.50 P&P)
The first part of this book covers Woolley's selection, training and work as a 'Render Mines Safe' Officer in Britain during the Blitz and includes many other familiar figures in naval Bomb & Mine Disposal at the time.  The second part describes his work in Malta, ostensibly as 'Senior Electrical Officer Minesweepers', but actually plunged straight into handling the plethora of unexploded ordnance delivered almost daily by the Germans and Italians.  Introduction written by Rob Hoole, Vice Chairman & Webmaster, RN Minewarfare & Clearance Diving Officers' Association (MCDOA).
Navy Divers
Paperback: 291 pages
Gregor Salmon Ebury Press
Random House
978-1-74166-657-1 $12.70 AUD
The history of the Royal Australian Navy's Clearance Diving Branch.
Shadow of a Tear
Kindle: 642 pages (estimated)
Paul Henke Good Read Publishing (2014) 1-902483-146 £6.98
The fifth in MCDOA member Paul's fictional series about the powerful Griffiths dynasty which originates in humble circumstances in Wales.

Silent Tears

Paperback: 512 pages

Paul Henke

Good Read Publishing Limited (Sep 2002)

1 9024 8305 7

£7.99

 

The second in MCDOA member Paul's fictional series about the powerful Griffiths dynasty which originates in humble circumstances in Wales.
Tears Until Dawn
Paperback: 560 pages
Paul Henke

Good Read Publishing Limited (Jan 2005)

1 9024 83073 £10.99
The fourth in MCDOA member Paul's fictional series about the powerful Griffiths dynasty which originates in humble circumstances in Wales.
The Coast is Clear - The Story of the BYMS
Paperback: 433 pages
Eric Minett Eric Minett (2003) 0 9549108 0 X Various
Well researched and wonderfully illustrated volume about the British Yard Minesweepers (BYMS) of the Second World War.
The Seventh Circle
Kindle: 346 pages
Paul Henke Good Read Publishing
(2009)
9781-902483-12-2 £4.74
Adventure story.

The Tears of War and Peace

Paperback: 424 pages

Paul Henke

Good Read Publishing Limited (Oct 1999)

1 9024 8303 0

£7.99

 

The second in MCDOA member Paul's fictional series about the powerful Griffiths dynasty which originates in humble circumstances in Wales.

The Torpedomen
Hardback: 415 pages

Rear Admiral Edmund Nicholas 'Nico' Poland CB CBE

Published by the author (Jan 1993)

0 85937 396 7

£35

 

HMS Vernon's story 1872-1986.  A comprehensive history of the establishment from its beginnings as a group of hulks anchored in Portsmouth harbour to its closure as a 'stone frigate'.
Ticking Clock!
Paperback: 166 pages

Noel Cashford MBE

ALD Design & Print (Jul 2002)

279 Sharrow Vale Road

Sheffield

S11 8ZF

 

Tel: 0114267 9402

Email: a.lofthouse@btinternet.com

1 9015 8761-4

£7.95

 

MCDOA associate member Noel's latest autobiographical account of naval bomb and mine disposal with many humorous observations of life in the RN.  Lots of photos and sketches.

To Render Safe

Paperback: 233 pages

Colin Churcher MBE

 

Pentland Press

1 Hutton Close

South Church

Bishop Aukland

Durham

(1999)

1 8582 1695 8

£12.00

 

MCDOA member Colin's autobiographical story of 40 years in the Royal Navy covering WW2 Arctic convoys to North Russia, Diving, and Bomb Disposal Operatons.  It includes the famous Blackfriars Bridge German bomb in the Thames and many other EOD Operations.
Tread Lightly into Danger - International Experiences of a Bomb Disposal Expert
Paperback: 184 pages
Anthony Charlwood Woodfield Publishing
(2001)
1-873203-80-2 £9.95
Ex-Royal Navy Clearance Diver Anthony (Charlie) Charlwood's account of his civilian work as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal contractor working for NGOs (Non-Government Organisations) all over the world.
Turmoil
Paperback: 370 pages
Paul Henke Methuen (2011) 978-0-413-77704-1
Adventure story.  MCDOA member Paul's books normally feature Nick Hunter, a retired MCDO, as the James Bond-like hero who saves the world.
Wooden Ships and Iron Men Vol I: The U.S. Navy’s Ocean Minesweepers, 1953–1994
Paperback: 416 pages
Cdr. David D. Bruhn, USN (Ret.) Heritage Books, Inc.
100 Railroad Avenue,
Suite 104
Westminster,
MD 21157

Phone: 800-876-6103 • 231- 537-4021
Fax: 410-558-6574

(2007)
0-7884-3260-6 $37.50
From 1953-1994, sixty-five U.S. Navy ocean minesweepers (MSOs) swept mines; searched the seafloor for downed aircraft, sunken ships, and lost munitions; showed the flag throughout the world, even sailing up the Congo and Mekong Rivers, calling at dozens of the world's seaports; and carried out patrols and special tasks off strife-torn or hostile countries. Some participated in the 1962 nuclear test program in the Pacific and in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs. Others, as part of a U.S. armada of military and civilian research ships at Palomares, located a nuclear bomb lost on the seafloor off Spain as a result of a midair collision between two U.S. Air Force aircraft. Iron men in wooden ships were with the Fleet in hotspots around the world, including Lebanon and the Quemoy-Matsu Islands of Taiwan in 1958; the Dominican Republic in 1961 and 1965; and the Cuban Missile Crisis and Haiti in 1962. During the Vietnam War, minesweepers participated in Operation Market Time, to prevent the infiltration of North Vietnamese soldiers and munitions into South Vietnam. Leader received the Presidential Unit Citation for extraordinary heroism in Operation Sea Lords; Endurance engaged in close gun action with and helped destroy an enemy armed coastal freighter in a sea battle; and MSOs cleared mines in Haiphong Harbor, which aided in the negotiations in progress for the return of U.S. prisoners of war. During the twilight of their service in the late 1980s and early 1990s, aging sweeps cleared Iranian and Iraqi laid mines in the Persian Gulf.
Wooden Ships and Iron Men Vol II: The U.S. Navy’s Coastal & Motor Minesweepers 1941-1953
Paperback: 368 pages
Cdr. David D. Bruhn, USN (Ret.) Heritage Books, Inc.
100 Railroad Avenue,
Suite 104 Westminster,
MD 21157

Phone: 800-876-6103 • 231- 537-4021
Fax: 410-558-6574

(2009)
0-7884-4325-1 $32
Possessing insufficient minesweepers to protect U.S. harbors and bays as the threat of war in Europe spread, in the winter of 1939-40 the Navy began purchasing fishing vessels and modifying them to combat mines. One of them, Condor (AMc-14), first sighted the Japanese Type-A midget submarine that destroyer Ward (DD-139) sank on December 7, 1941 with the first shots fired by American forces during World War II. She would be one of six coastal minesweepers to receive a battle star. From boat- and shipyards across America came the largest production run of any World War II warship, 561 scrappy little 136-foot wooden-hulled vessels characterized by Arnold Lott in Most Dangerous Sea as "belligerent-looking yachts wearing grey paint." Although their designers envisioned that they would operate primarily in the vicinity of yards or bases, the YMSs (too numerous to be given names) would see action in every theater of war, earning almost 700 battle stars, twenty-one Presidential Unit Citations, and fifteen Navy Unit Commendations. YMSs were present in the North African campaign, in Sicily, at Anzio, Salerno, and elsewhere in Italy, and swept ahead of invasion forces at Normandy and in Southern France. In the Pacific, they operated in the Marshall Islands, New Guinea, Solomons, Treasury Island, Gilbert Islands, New Britain, Admiralty Islands, Guam, Palau, Leyte, Luzon, Manila Bay, Iwo Jima, Southern Philippines, Okinawa, and Borneo. Following the war, they cleared mines from the East China Sea, Yangtze River approaches, and throughout Japanese waters, and their activities gave rise to the proud slogan of the mine force: "Where the Fleet Goes, We've Been." During the Korean War, a mere sixteen auxiliary motor minesweepers (former YMSs) performed the bulk of mine clearance, often while inside the range of enemy coastal artillery, necessary for larger naval vessels to close the coast to support operations ashore. Garnering collectively 124 battle stars, seven Presidential Unit Citations, and seven Navy Unit Commendations, the men aboard these ships were then, and remain to date, the most highly decorated crews of minesweepers in the history of the U.S. Navy.
Wooden Ships and Iron Men Vol III: The U.S. Navy's Coastal and Inshore Minesweepers, and the Minecraft that Served in Vietnam, 1953-1976
Paperback: 343 pages
Cdr. David D. Bruhn, USN (Ret.) Heritage Books, Inc.
100 Railroad Avenue,
Suite 104
Westminster,
MD 21157

Phone: 800-876-6103 • 231- 537-4021
Fax: 410-558-6574

(2011)
0-7884-5345-8 $34.00
From 1953 to 1976, twenty-four U.S. Navy coastal minesweepers (MSCs) swept mines, searched the seafloor for downed aircraft, sunken ships and lost munitions, "showed the flag" in the Caribbean and throughout the Far East, and played a key role in the Vietnam War. Atlantic Fleet coastal minesweepers searched for a nuclear bomb buried in the sea bed off Savannah, Georgia, as a result of a midair collision between two U.S. Air Force aircraft and provided support for the unsuccessful Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba. MSCs based at Sasebo, Japan, conducted patrols off Vietnam to interdict smuggling of supplies by sea to the Viet Cong in the South. One, USS Vireo, participated in the destruction of an enemy gun runner. Much smaller minesweeping boats (MSBs) kept the Long Tau River, which passed through the dangerous "Forest of Assassins" and connected the South China Sea to Saigon, open to merchant vessels delivering military cargos to allied forces. Facing daily the possibility of death by Viet Cong mine or riverbank ambush, the thirteen boats of Mine Squadron Eleven Detachment Alfa comprised the first Navy unit to be awarded a Presidential Unit Citation for heroism by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Possessing too few minecraft to support its riverine combat operations, the U.S. Navy also pressed existing landing craft and newly built assault support patrol boats and minesweeping drones into these duties. The unheralded MSBs and steel-hulled minecraft collectively garnered four Presidential Unit Citations, three Meritorious Unit Commendations, and three Navy Unit Commendations. Significant numbers of the small enlisted crews that took the craft in harm's way received the Navy Cross, Silver Star and Bronze Star Medals for acts of heroism performed under fire.

 

 

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