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Posted September 2, 2009
A Very Good Introduction to PT Boats.
Gordon Rottman presents the reader with a very good introduction to the U.S. Navy's popular patrol torpedo boats. In the relatively short Osprey Publishing format of 48 pages, anyone beginning to investigate PT boats will find enough to whet the curious appetite for learning more. The first half of the book covers the technical side of the boats' development, mechanicals, armament and production. Of particular interest is the discussion of the differences between the two principal designs and the unique boat characteristics resulting from field modifications and adaptions of weapons. The latter half of the book opens up coverage of the operational side of PT boat employment, giving the reader just enough in any of the subject areas addressed to want to know more in detail. Given the abbreviated format, however, the reader will have to use other sources to delve deeper. Nevertheless, this book is a very good point of entry to learning about PT boats. If one goes no further on the subject, one is still bound to come out at least conversant with the subject. The book is helped significantly by the original artwork, especially the profiles and overhead illustrations showing color patterns for historical, and possibly modeling, interest.
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