In 2016, during a lull in my Masters’ program at SHNU, I decided to, using what I’ve learned about sourcing resources for books and how to foot-note and how to make a proper bibliography to do a historical book:
An overall history of the USCG’s 83-foot patrol cutters during World War II. Period photos, some colored are included, as are builder drawings.
I must admit that what I learned in that program really work and helped me to do a good book and one I’m proud of and one that has gotten good reviews. Copies of this book can be found on http://www.amazon.com at:
Readers have said, “
US Coast Guard 83-Foot Patrol Cutters In World War II – Sub Busters is an 80-page soft cover book published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing. The 83-foot Cutter’s has its origins beginning back in 1940 with a proposed design for an entirely new type of cutter. Wheeler Shipyards was awarded the bid and soon began production in what would end up becoming four build groups spanning between 1941 and 1944. The 83-foot cutter, more affectionately known as “Sub Busters”, served across on a number of fronts during the Second World War. Most commonly known for its anti-submarine roll as coastal patrol convoy escorts off the Eastern seaboard and Great Lakes in the United States, sixty of these cutters were sent to Europe and took part in the landings at Normandy. Towards the end of the war, a few cutters even ended up on the Pacific Front. In addition to the original four productions of the 83-foot patrol cutters, a supplemental order was made; these boats were distributed to other nations.
The author begins this book with a brief history of these cutters giving us a little insight to the origins of these patrol boats along with a complete listing of each the over two hundred boats made outlined by hull number, theater of operation and fate after service. The author provides a detailed description along with several scans of general plans to define the base construction of these boats from the oak framing and planking to a detailed look at the variety of power plants used to run these sub-busters.
Towards the middle of the book, the author shows us and excitingly comprehensive look at the armament these boats carried. The Wheeler cutter was fit out with a Pratt and Whitney one-pounder gun as a primary weapon platform; this would later change to the Browning .50 cal. machine gun and in some cases, the 20mm Oerlikon. Secondary armament consisted of two .30 cal. Lewis guns followed by provisions for launching the Mark VI depth charges. This section of Connelly’s book contains numerous detailed photographs of these weapon along with schematics of the Mark VI depth charges and racks used on the boats.
In the fourth section, we get an in depth look at the SO Radar used on these vessels. The author also provides us with charts listing the individual electronic components used including the sonar units along with several photographs to give us a better understanding of these systems.
In the fifth section of the book, we are shown a complete listing of the operation history of 83-foot cutters as seen in World War II. The author provides a table outlining the stations of operations for each boat listed in order by hull number. There is a brief accounting of the US coastal services including the landings in Normandy as well as service in the Pacific Theater of Operations described within this section.
In the Epilogue, the author discusses one boat in particular, which also happens to be one of the only surviving examples of these types of boats still around today. The cutter CG-83527 was originally slated to serve in the Pacific Theater, but the war would end before the boat was delivered. She would make its way to Oregon and serve with SAR (Search and Rescue) until the end of 1964, where the boat was eventually sold to a private owner.
T. Garth Connelly has done a fine job in bringing to light the often unnoticed history of one of the Coast Guard’s valuable defense assets of the Second World War with his latest book; US Coast Guard 83-Foot Patrol Cutters In World War II – Sub Busters. The book is packed with a detailed accounting of the construction of these boats along with a listing and description of the armament and deployment history behind these mighty warriors of the coast. The book is filled with amazing photographs, some in color, of these boats along with several finely detailed line drawings from the builder’s specifications. The book is well-written and informative along with being presented nicely in this soft-cover format. The book is a must have for anyone interested in Coast Guard naval history and the small military craft enthusiasts. The detailed descriptions, photographs and drawings are essential assets to any modeler that has one of these 83-foot cutters in their sights to build!” And, this too, “The title is briefly covers the design and development of the type followed by a thorough list of what happened to each of the boats by hull number. The rear of the book indicates that builder’s drawings are included which is true, but they are not provided on fold-out pages that might be large enough for a scratch-builder or design enthusiast to study. A detailed discussion of the armament fitted to many of these boats is included as well as radar equipment. If you took at photos taken off the coast of Normandy’s beaches during D-Day, you’ll not only see the landing craft heading for shore, you’ll also see these Coast Guard 83-footers escorting the landing craft to their beaches. The author provides some interesting photos and stories of daring rescues of crews from stricken LCTs and becoming improvised tug boats to get landing craft that lost their engines to shore to offload their needed manpower and cargo. The title is well-illustrated with period black and white photos of these boats in action. If you’re a historian or modeler of smaller craft, this title will provide you with a good look at this much-overlooked workhorse from World War 2.”
The final “historical” work I’ve done and published was/is the Thesis that I wrote to acquire my Masters’ degree in 2017:
This is the author’s Thesis which he wrote to obtain his Master’s degree in History from Southern New Hampshire University in 2017. The project is an examination of the reasons which led up to the United States utilizing its submarine force as an intelligence gathering tool during the Cold War. It will examine what both sides, the United States and the Soviet Union did leading up to and during the Cold War. This will go toward explaining why the United States would feel that it had a need to have its submarine force monitor and gather intelligence on the activities of the Soviet Union during that period. The topic of the project will help to give historians and the general public a clearer, fuller and more complete understanding of the historical event commonly known as the Cold War.
I am extremely proud of this book. My hard work and my ability to do research and then, present that data in a well-written, professional matter with proper citations and a proper bibliography was rewarded with an A on my Thesis. Copies of it can be found on http://www.amazon.com at:
And, all of my earlier books and monographs are in the collection at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. My book on the USCG 83-foot patrol boats is in the collection of the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.