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Frank Scott
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    I am not aware of any major treatment of the Dover Patrol that has been written since the 1930s, although Arthur Marder in From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow does mention it several times in the five volumes. Perhaps a new book is in course of production.

    Certainly a complex problem, as there was a major threat from German naval forces (surface & sub-surface) that enjoyed nearby bases, and either could carry out normal attacks or lay mines. This was well understood to be a high priority area, starting with the deployment of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) right at the start of the war, and I am not sure that it is correct to say that it was ‘under resourced’. As I understand it the loss rate rate compared to the huge volume of traffic (particularly cross-channel in support of the Army) was tiny, and the reality was that this vital link in the BEF’s logistic support system suffered remarkably little interference.