Allied Coastal Forces of World War II - pr_120498

Allied Coastal Forces of World War II

Volume II: Vosper MTBs and US Elcos

By Lambert John, Ross Al



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The major contribution made by Coastal Forces to the Allied war effort has had surprisingly little coverage in the literature of the Second World War. Motor torpedo boats, PT boats, motor gunboats, launches and submarine chasers served with distinction throughout the war, and in every theatre. They performed invaluable service as patrol boats, convoy escorts, minelayers and minesweepers, harbour defence vessels, light landing craft, RAF rescue boats and transports for agents and clandestine missions. Allied Coastal Forces, now a recognised classic work and first published in 1990, remains the only publication to deal comprehensively - in words, photographs and drawings - with the technical detail of all these boats. Design, construction and subsequent development are all covered, and the builders, construction lists, fates and the technical data are given for each type. Separate sections cover armament and equipment, sea-going qualities and habitability. This second volume covers sixteen Vosper MTB designs and the US 70ft, 77ft and 80ft ELCO designs. US-built Vosper designs supplied under lease-lend are also covered, while weapons systems and machinery are dealt with in detail. Some 700 finely detailed drawings were drawn by the authors for this second volume in their highly acclaimed two-volume work. AUTHORS: John Lambert spent nine years in the Royal Navy where he acquired his detailed technical knowledge of warships. His subsequent research on small warships and naval weaponry, combined with his remarkable technical drawing skills, led to the creation of a body of work some of which is displayed in this volume. He died in 2015. Al Ross II is the author of several books on small warships and since the 1980s has been producing a series of plans for modellers of small combatants of the Second World War and Vietnam eras. He lives in Bangor, Maine, USA. 150 b/w photographs, 700 line drawings, 12 colour camouflage schemes

Product code: 9781526747556

ISBN 9781526747556
No. Of Pages 264
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H289xW245
Publisher Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Simply the best reference book on the design and development of coastal forces craft. Contains an unparalleled collection of 700 detailed drawings.