The War of the Motor Gun Boats
One Man's Personal War at Sea with the Coastal Forces, 1943–1945
Imprint: Pen and Sword Maritime
176 Pages, 6.1 x 9.2 in, 21 mono illustrations
- April 2023
- In Stock
- January 2014
- Out of print. Available in digital formats at the links below.
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, The War of the Motor Gun Boats fills an important gap in the literature of the Second World War.