3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 May 2013
Having read Mr Reynolds MGB 658 I had high expectations for this more general history of D class boats and was not at all dissapointed.
There is a great amount of technical detail and background on the Dog boats and their crews, but for me it was the descriptions of the wartime operations that really made the book for me.
An unexpected and welcome surprise was the inclusion of a chapter covering other British designed MGBs, their development history and brief operational history.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A very detailed and interesting illustrated account of Fairmile D MTB operations in the North Sea, English Channel, Norway and the Mediterranean.
This is a largely unkown war. Unlike capiutal ships, the Coastal Forces crews were mostly "hostilities only" reservists. A high proportion were from the Commonwealth. They were in almost constant action in a variety of roles, including special operations.
These "Dog Boats" were the pinnacle of WW2 MTB development. They were like mini destroyers and finally outgunned the German E Boats.
It also includes chapters on Fairmile C gunboats and Steam Gunboats.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2009
Mr Reynolds writes with conviction on a subject he knows very well. This is a well written and very readaable book covering the whole history of Gun Boats. Well worth reading however I would suggest buying a copy of Mr Reynolds boook " MGB 658" . This book is the history of one gun boat, in which Mr Reynolds served for over 3 years in WW2. Joining MGB 658 whilst it was still being built he served throuought it's whole oporational life starting as a young midshipman and ending as skipper and becoming a full Lieutenant at the age of 21, three years below the official minimum age in the navy. At truly exelent book.
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 29 March 2010
L.C. Reynolds does it again with the "DOG BOATS AT WAR" a must read for or naval students!!
L.C. Reynolds who commanded a "DOG Boat" during WW2 draws on first hand knowledge. EXECELLENT is the only words for this book.