Naval War College Review


There are few untold stories left from World War II, but the actions of the Royal Navy’s Coastal Forces can be de- scribed as little known and unappreci- ated. Serving in small plywood craft much like the more famous American PT boats, the Coastal Forces wreaked havoc with Axis forces in British and foreign waters. Operating from small harbors and primitive forward bases, theirs was a war of small, close-knit crews and close action with the enemy. They did it all, from convoy escort to shipping interdic- tion, clandestine landings to reconnais- sance operations, and finally, distant screening for invasion forces.