Allied Coastal Forces of World War II Volume II: Vosper MTBs and US ELCOs - John Lambert & Al RossLondon: Conway Maritime Press, 2005, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Near Fine — in Near Fine Dustwrapper.
2nd printing, first published 1993. Includes: Technical drawings; Black & white photographs; Diagrams;
From the cover: “The major contribution made by Coastal Forces to the Allied war effort has been fully recognised in literature on the Second World War. Motor torpedo boats, PT boats, motor gunboats, launches and submarine chasers served with distinction in every theatre of the war. They performed invaluable service as patrol boats, convoy escorts, minelayers and minesweepers, harbour defence vessels, light landing craft, RAF rescue boats and transports for agents on clandestine missions.
Allied Coastal Forces of World War II is the only publication to deal comprehensively with the technical detail of these boats in words, photographs and line drawings. This second volume covers sixteen Vosper MTB designs and the US 70ft, 77ft and 80 ft ELCO designs. US-built Vosper designs supplied under lease-lend are also covered while weapons systems and machinery are dealt with in detail. Design, construction, equipment and subsequent development are all covered, and builders, construction lists, fates and technical data are given for each type. Some 700 finely detailed drawings have been drawn by the authors for this sequel to the highly acclaimed first volume.
John Lambert and Al Ross are recognised as authorities on small warships, and their extensive research has unearthed a wealth of information on Coastal Forces craft. Many of their finely detailed drawings have been redrawn directly from the original builders’ plans, and a high proportion of the photographs has never been published before. Allied Coastal Forces represents a significant addition to the technical literature of the Second World War, and an invaluable source for modellers and naval enthusiasts alike.”