US Coast Guard in World War II

By Alejandro De Quesada; Stephen Walsh (Illustrator)
(Osprey Publishing, Paperback, 9781846039195, 64pp.)

Publication Date: April 20, 2010

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Alex de Quesada reveals the full history of the US Coast Guard throughout World War II (1939-1945) in this Elite title. In particular, the book draws attention to the little-known history of how the US Coast Guard ran a number of the landing craft throughout D-Day in 1944 as well as providing crucial anti-U-boat patrols throughout the war years. A number of Coast Guard servicemen were lost in these two campaigns, and their undeniable contribution to the US war effort deserves greater recognition. There was a diverse array of roles within the wartime Coast Guard, from the manning of landing craft, to Coast Guard aviators and gunners to the Merchant Marine and Port Security Services. These roles are all fully explained and illustrated with a number of rare photographs and specially commissioned artwork.

About the Author

Alejandro de Quesada is a Florida-based military history writer, an experienced researcher and collector of militaria, photos and documents and runs an archive and historical consulting for museums as well as for films as a secondary business with a strong Military History content. He has written over 100 articles and over 25 books, including several for Osprey, and is a leading authority on Latin-American subjects. 

Author of the following Osprey titles to date: The Spanish-American War and Philippine InsurrectionThe US Home Front 1941-45Roosevelt's Rough Riders; The Bay of Pigs; The Mexican RevolutionThe United States Coast Guard during World War TwoSpanish Colonial Fortifications in North America.

Praise For US Coast Guard in World War II

"Alex de Quesada provides us with the full history of the Coast Guard throughout World War II ... In particular he draws your attention to the little known history of how the US Coast Guard ran a number of landing craft throughout D-Day in 1944, plus how they provided crucial anti-u-boat patrols during the War." (November 2010)

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