Devil Boats: The PT War Against Japanby William B. Breuer
The PT boat was a class of motor torpedo boats used by the United States during the Second World War. Armed with a 40mm antiaircraft gun, two 20mm antiaircraft guns and four torpedo tubes, their agility and speed consistently bested even the most outlandish expectations. Against Japan, they figure prominently in some of the best-known feats of heroism of the entire… See more details below
The PT boat was a class of motor torpedo boats used by the United States during the Second World War. Armed with a 40mm antiaircraft gun, two 20mm antiaircraft guns and four torpedo tubes, their agility and speed consistently bested even the most outlandish expectations. Against Japan, they figure prominently in some of the best-known feats of heroism of the entire war. In Devil Boats, the reader is right on board, buffeted by the spray of the crashing Pacific minutes after the Pearl Harbor disaster as a PT boat brings down the first enemy plane. And there again as PT boats, their engines muffled, steal along on an unforgiving ocean to sink a warship, blow up a supply barge, carry a sabotage team past enemy lines, or effect another extraordinary rescue of a downed Allied pilot. In instance upon instance, the PT boats and their crews performed deeds demanding incredible courage and skill, pitting their plywood craft against the force of the angry sea, or the might of ships hundreds of times their own size. Among their legendary exploits - General MacArthur being spirited off besieged Corregidor; Philippine president Quezon's "kidnapping" to Australia; and the unforgettable heroism of a wounded John F. Kennedy and his fearless PT-109.
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This is a great read! Action filled. It start's out in the dark days of the Pacific War after the boming of Pearl Harbor, when America was feeling at it's lowest. And this mosquito fleet was all america had to stop the on rushing Japanese. Then progresses all the way to the end of the war. The nightly battles with 'The Tokyo Express' and covert missions to sneak coast watchers' in behind enemy lines was riveting. The author tell a great story and also writes about the shift in tactics and boat construction, from defensive to offensive.
A very well written book. It puts you in the middle of the action. Graphic and seemingly accurate. AT time you could feel the tension that the crews felt on these plywood bombs. You are there beginning to end in the PT Boat Fleet action. Succinct and not a page I would skip over if I readit again. Which I may very well do too. A VERY good writer! Wish I could see more off his work.