Flower Class Corvettes in World War Two
by John Lambert
Published by WR Press
PO Box 709
Lynbrook ,NY 11563
It was said they could roll on wet grass, and to the men who manned
the Flower Class Corvettes that must have felt true. They were quite capable
sea-boats, but they were designed for a different arena than that in which
they were to be so widely used - the North Atlantic. Based on a pre-war
whaler design, the Flowers were to eventually be used in numbers undreamt
of when they were first proposed as a stop-gap anti-submarine and escort
vessel. By war's end they had been replaced by the newer frigates and
destroyer escorts, but it was with these little ships that the Battle
of the Atlantic was won.
John Lambert has spent many years preparing drawings of the Flower Class
corvettes, these are now collected in this volume of WR Press's Warship
Perspective series. This volume follows the others in opening with a history
of the design, and also in having numerous photographs of the ships. Unlike
the previous two, it differs in the larger number of drawings included.
Lambert has illustrated all aspects of the ships, with various fittings
as well as modifications depicted in closeup detail. There are constant
scale plans for the following Corvettes: HMS Alisma (February 1941, early
1943 & July 1943 - top and side views for all three periods); HMCS
Forrest Hill (1944), HMCS Wetaskiwin (December 1940). A large foldout
of HMS Anemone as modified for ocean-going tug duties is attached to the
inner rear cover.
The 53 photographs in many cases are full page, others are half or quarter
page size. All are interesting and in conjunction with the drawings will
allow a modeler to superdetail a model in any scale. To get back to the
drawings, these show the different bridge designs, side plating pattern,
weapons, interior arrangement, depth charge racks & launchers, minsweeping
gear, as well as a selection of funnel emblems. A valuable additon are
24 b/w drawings by Alan Raven showing camouflage patterns worn by the
ships there are a further four in colour on the front cover.
For any fan of the Flower Class (and who isn't), this is a recommended
addition to their library. The Revell-Germany 1/72 kit will benefit greatly
with use of the drawings, as will any of the 1/350 or 1/700 kits from
manufacturers such as WEM, L'Arsenal or Iron Shipwright. My only criticism
is in the book format, I have never been a fan of the Squadron 'In Action'
size of book, and this is no exception. The size of the pages precludes
comfortably holding it for reading, table top reading is a must.
Flower Class Corvettes in World War Two is available from Warship
Books, to whom I thank for the review sample.
Fullsize drawings of the Flower Class Corvette, as well as many others
are available from the author, John
Lambert. Contact him for further information.