US Patrol Torpedo Boats

World War II

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Description

Motor torpedo boat development began in the early 1900s, and the vessels first saw service during World War I. However, it was not until the late 1930s that the US Navy commenced the development of the Patrol Torpedo or PT boat. The PT boat was designed for attacking larger warships with torpedoes using its 'stealth' ability, high-speed and small size to launch and survive these attacks – although they were employed in a wide variety of other missions, including rescuing General MacArthur and his entourage from the Philippines. This book examines the design and development of these unique craft, very few of which survive today, and goes on to examine their role and combat deployment in World War II.

Product details

Published Mar 15 2011
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781846037733
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Series New Vanguard
Short code NVG 148
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Author

Gordon L. Rottman

Gordon L. Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, v…

Illustrator

Peter Bull

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