By Tony Bryan
In the course of global battle II, few teams in the Royal military fought a more durable, extra excessive warfare than the boys of Coastal Forces. Their task was once to function the Motor Torpedo Boats (MTBs), Motor Launches (MLs) and Motor Gun Boats (MGBs) that secure coastal convoys, attacked enemy ones, and played a myriad of tasks, which come with the losing of brokers and commandos on a antagonistic shore, raids on enemy ports, and near-suicidal assaults on better enemy warships. whereas the MTBs have been the "bombers", supplying their payload of excessive explosive torpedoes, the workforce of the MGBs used their computer weapons and small-calibre weapons to sink, burn or ruin their enemy opposite numbers. hence they observed their frail, glossy craft because the "Spitfire of the Seas".
Motor Gun Boats have been just like Motor Torpedo Boats, purely their decks have been full of as many weapons as they can hold - and to guy those guns, they required a bigger team. through the early years of the battle, they have been used to counter the hazard posed through German E-Boats within the English Channel, yet by means of 1941 they have been in use offensively, accomplishing sweeps alongside the enemy coast looking for prey. by way of 1942 British MGBs have been obvious within the Mediterranean, interdicting Axis offer routes to North Africa, and later assisting the Allied invasion forces as they landed in Sicily, Italy and the South of France.
The majority of those small wood craft have been inbuilt Britain by way of the British strength Boat corporation or Fairmile Marine. They got here in various sizes and styles, yet in overdue 1942 the Fairmile "D" MGB made its visual appeal - a ship which might come to dominate coastal operations over the past years of the battle. referred to as "Dog Boats" through their staff, they have been quick, robust and flexible. by way of the tip of the warfare, over two hundred of those small boats were equipped and so they represented the top of wartime British motor boat design.
This New forefront name tells the tale of those fragile yet lethal little warships.
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Note the safety bar, to prevent the gunner hitting the boat's superstructure. to use, it was awkward to operate, but it had a slightly higher rate of fire. These early guns were replaced when 'pom-pom' versions or Oerlikons became available. A much more satisfactory weapon was the 2-pdr Vickers 'pom-pom', which resembled an over-sized Vickers MG. The weapon was first introduced into service in 1915, but it proved both reliable and effective, although when combined with its Mark II mount it was too heavy for most small MGBs to carry.
The weapon was first introduced into service in 1915, but it proved both reliable and effective, although when combined with its Mark II mount it was too heavy for most small MGBs to carry. The weapon was belt-fed, and had a rate of fire of around 200rpm, although the belt itself only carried 25 rounds. It was carried in the Fairmile C MGB. The 2-pdr came into its own when the 'pom-pom' was improved, and fitted to a power-operated mount similar to that described for the Oerlikon. In this form the semi-automatic weapon had a rate of fire of 98rpm, which was fed in belts of 14 rounds each, and stored in trays that held eight belts, allowing just over a minute of continuous fire without reloading.
Bridge 5. 303in MGs, two 2in signal launchers, two depth charges. 5in MGs in lieu of her two single 20mm Oerlikons. Additional equipment: US-Built SO radar (8-mile range), radio, echo sounder, smoke generator 6. Compass platform 7. American SO radar 8. Mainmast 9. Searchlight platform 10. Twin 20mm Oerlikon 11. Ammunition lockers 12. Automatic 6-pdr gun 13. Engineering (stoker's) mess 14. Tiller flat 15. Smoke apparatus 16. Depth charge (1 of 4) 17. Petty officers' mess 18. Twin rudders 19. PO's heads (stoker's heads on port side) 20.