Devil Boats: The Pt War Against Japan

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Presidio Press, Jan 1, 1987 - History - 229 pages
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The PT boat was a class of motor torpedo boats used by the United States during the Second World War. Armed with a 40mm antiaircraft gun, two 20mm antiaircraft guns and four torpedo tubes, their agility and speed consistently bested even the most outlandish expectations. Against Japan, they figure prominently in some of the best-known feats of heroism of the entire war. In Devil Boats, the reader is right on board, buffeted by the spray of the crashing Pacific minutes after the Pearl Harbor disaster as a PT boat brings down the first enemy plane. And there again as PT boats, their engines muffled, steal along on an unforgiving ocean to sink a warship, blow up a supply barge, carry a sabotage team past enemy lines, or effect another extraordinary rescue of a downed Allied pilot. In instance upon instance, the PT boats and their crews performed deeds demanding incredible courage and skill, pitting their plywood craft against the force of the angry sea, or the might of ships hundreds of times their own size. Among their legendary exploits - General MacArthur being spirited off besieged Corregidor; Philippine president Quezon's "kidnapping" to Australia; and the unforgettable heroism of a wounded John F. Kennedy and his fearless PT-109.

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User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

Good overview of the PT's of WWII and their actions in the Pacific. From Pearl Harbor to Leyte Gulf, this coverage gives the reader an idea of the PT Operations and their inherent limitations and strengths against a seasoned ememy. Read full review

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User Review  - Mike Prochot - Goodreads

Outstanding telling of the contribution of the PT Boat to the allies victory in WW2. Interesting perspective overall and surprising (to me at least) look at General MacArther's relationship to the PT fleet. Good look at an under-appreciated bit of history. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
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Were Under Attack
6
A Sneak Into EnemyHeld Manila Harbor
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About the author (1987)

WILLIAM B. BREUER landed with the first assault waves in Normandy on D-Day, then fought across Europe. Later, he founded a daily newspaper on a string in Rolla, Missouri, and after that, a highly successful public relations firm in St. Louis, Missouri. He has been writing books full time since 1982, twelve of which are now out in paperback, and eight of which have become main selections of the Military Book Club.

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