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US Patrol Torpedo Boats: World War II [NOOK Book]

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Motor torpedo boat development began in the early 1900s and the vessels were first put into active service during World War I. However, it was not until the late 1930s that the US Navy commenced the development of their Patrol Torpedo or PT boat program. The PT boat, or the "mosquito boat" as they were sometimes known, was originally envisioned for attacking larger warships with torpedoes using its "stealth" ability, high-speed, and small size to launch and survive these attacks. However, they were actually ...
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Overview

Motor torpedo boat development began in the early 1900s and the vessels were first put into active service during World War I. However, it was not until the late 1930s that the US Navy commenced the development of their Patrol Torpedo or PT boat program. The PT boat, or the "mosquito boat" as they were sometimes known, was originally envisioned for attacking larger warships with torpedoes using its "stealth" ability, high-speed, and small size to launch and survive these attacks. However, they were actually employed more frequently in a wide variety of other missions, many which were unforeseen by developers and planners, including rescuing General MacArthur and his entourage from the Philippines.

Often taking on larger and better armed enemies these craft became famous for punching above their weight and were firmly thrust into the limelight by John F. Kennedy who while serving as a lieutenant on a PT-109 in the Pacific Theater heroically saved his fellow crew members winning him the Navy and Marine Corps Medal. 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 both World Wars.


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"Do not judge by this book's small size; US Patrol Torpedo Boats is among the best primer of the WW2-era patrol torpedo boats that I have seen." -C. Peter Chen, World War II Database (December 22, 2008)

"...[focuses] on World War II torpedo boats and their development, considering their design and deployment and providing a rich survey especially important considering they are rarely seen today." -California Bookwatch (November 2008)

"... [Patrol Torpedo] boats were considered to be expendable boats and so were not provided with much in the way of comfort or armor. They relied on their speed and maneuverability to get them out of trouble ... In his book ... Rottman describes the various major types that were used as well as the organization of units, the way the boats were operated and a bit of what it was like to have to serve on one of these boats. All of this is accompanied by superb period photographs of these vessels, and further enhanced by the artwork of Peter Bull. It makes for a well rounded publication and a book that I can most highly recommend to you." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (September 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780962085
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/20/2011
  • Series: New Vanguard , #148
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 277,918
  • File size: 14 MB
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Meet the Author

Gordon L Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a special operations forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Center for 12 years and is now a freelance writer. The author lives in Cypress, Texas.


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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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