Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat

1942-45 (British Power Boat Company) * Insights into the design, construction, operation and restoration of MGB 81 - the 'Spitfire of the sea'

Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat
Format: Hardback, 188 Pages
ISBN: 9781785211423
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During the Second World War the Royal Navy’s flotillas of small, fast and powerfully armed motor gun boats (MGBs) were looked upon as the ‘Spitfires of the seas’. Operating from their harbour bases around the south and east coasts of England, RN Coastal Forces crews would set out under cover of darkness to look for trouble with German shipping in the Channel and the North Sea. The centerpiece of this manual is MGB 81, a combat veteran that saw repeated action between 1942 and 1945 in the North Sea and English Channel, including on D-Day. Her fighting career, restoration and recent rebuild are all covered in this fascinating insight into the only operational example of an RN Coastal Forces MGB of the Second World War.

The author

Diggory Rose is Keeper of MGB 81 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. He is a qualified RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and Skipper.

Stephen Fisher is an archaeologist and historian who specialises in maritime and amphibious warfare in the First and Second World Wars. He has researched hundreds of wartime shipwrecks in the English Channel and advised on the restoration and recording of a number of military vessels, including those of Coastal Forces. He is the webmaster of

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Format: Hardback, 188 Pages
ISBN: 9781785211423
Illustrations: 150 color & 100 b-w photos
Size: 8.3 in x 10.6 in / 210.82 mm x 269.24 mm