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At Close Quarters: PT Boats in the United States Navy by Robert J. Bulkley

By Robert J. Bulkley

Small even though they have been, PT boats performed a key function in international conflict II, conducting an magnificent number of missions the place speedy, flexible, and strongly armed vessels have been wanted. referred to as "weapons of opportunity," they met the enemy at nearer quarters and with larger frequency than the other kind of floor craft. one of the most famed PT commanders used to be John F. Kennedy, whose brave activities within the Pacific are actually renowned to the yank public. the writer of the ebook, one other amazing PT boat commander within the Pacific, compiled this background of PT-boat operations in international warfare II for the U.S. army almost immediately after V-J Day, whilst thoughts have been clean and documents simply assessable. The ebook used to be first made to be had to the general public in 1962 after Kennedy's inauguration as president of the U.S. curiosity in PTs was once at a peak.

Bulkley presents a wealth of proof approximately those motor torpedo boats, whose titanic diversity of operation coated oceans in addition to the Mediterranean and the English Channel. even if their basic venture used to be to assault floor ships and craft as regards to shore, they have been extensively utilized successfully to put mines and smoke displays, to rescue downed aviators, and to hold out intelligence and raider operations. the writer provides distinctive awareness to the crews, paying well-merited tribute to their heroism, ability, and sacrifice that helped to win the war.

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