Within hours of being posted to his first Motor Gun Boat, Telegraphist Tony Chapman was involved in an epic Coastal Forces engagement when his flotilla took on a force of thirty E-boats. Although their unit of two MGBs sank three E-Boats, it was at a high cost. Half of Tony’s shipmates were killed or injured.
This was the start of an eventful and dramatic wartime service with these little warships. Tony’s flotilla operated in the Mediterranean and Aegean where the Motor Gun Boats played a key role in this important but often neglected theater.
Daily life on these small ships is vividly described. The flotilla had a busy time showing the flag in the Levant and on combined operations in the Aegean with the Greek Sacred Regiment of Commandos. The culmination of their efforts was when Tony’s boat, ML838, took the surrender of the Island of Kos in 1945.
Written from the perspective of one of the “other ranks”, War of the Motor Gun Boats fills an important gap in the literature of the Second World War.
|Publisher:||Pen and Sword|
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Table of Contents
Author's Introduction ix
Chapter 1 Shadows of Wars and Depressions 1
Chapter 2 Farewell Illusions 11
Chapter 3 In Training 23
Chapter 4 English Channel and North Sea 35
Chapter 5 Aftermath 53
Chapter 6 Introduction to Warmer Waters 77
Chapter 7 The Wine Dark Sea 89
Chapter 8 It's All Over! 119