Motor Gun Boat Manual

MGB 81 (British Power Boats) 1942-45

Motor Gun Boat Manual
Format: Hardback, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9781785211423
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During the Second World War, the Royal Navy’s flotillas of small, fast and powerfully armed motor gun boats (MGBs) were looked upon as the ‘Spitfires of the Seas’. Operating from their harbour bases around the south and east coasts of England, RN Coastal Forces crews would set out under cover of darkness to look for trouble with German shipping in the Channel and the North Sea. The vicious close-quarter skirmishes that ensued were every bit as deadly as the aerial dogfights acted out at 30,000 ft by their RAF Spitfire contemporaries.  Written by the curator of MGB 81, with contributions from other specialists involved with the boat, the Motor Gun Boat Manual is published in association with the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust and fully illustrated with archive photos, technical drawings and detailed photography of MGB 81.

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Diggory Rose is Keeper of MGB 81 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. He is a qualified RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and Skipper.

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Format: Hardback, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9781785211423
Illustrations: 150 color & 100 b-w photos
Size: 8.5 in x 11 in / 215.9 mm x 279.4 mm