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Collins, London - first edition, 1962. Hardcover, 9¼" x 6", with dust jacket. Ours is an ex-library copy in transparent protective covering, with usual stamps, stickers, pockets, barcode etc. A much-borrowed and tired copy, hence our lower price. FAIR book in FAIR unclipped dust jacket. Red cloth-bound boards with gold type to spine, map endpapers ('Alfred Holt Fleet'), extensive appendices recording Alfred Holt losses & awards, and index. This carefully-researched study reveals the history of one British Merchant shipping line - Alfred Holt and Company - during the second world war. At the outbreak of hostilities the Holt fleet consisted of 87 ships totalling 700,000 tons. Their size, speed and excellent construction, together with fine seamanship and splendid discipline, made them unenviable favourites for the most hazardous operations (North Atlantic convoys, armed merchant cruisers, landing ships). When peace returned more than half of this great fleet had left their bones on the floor of the seven seas. No military formation can show a prouder record of courage, discipline, loyalty, and initiative than is attested in these pages.