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The War of the Motor Gun Boats: One Man's Personal War at Sea with the Coastal Forces, 1943-1945 Hardcover – 1 Oct 2013

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  • Hardcover: 163 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Maritime (1 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783462248
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783462247
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 431,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tony Chapman was born in Southampton in 1924. Aged 16 he watched with horror as the historic High Street of Southampton burnt to the ground in a firestorm caused by a heavy German bombing raid on the night of 30 November 1940. He vowed to join up and fight back. Tony joined the Navy. The War of the Motor Gun Boats can only be published because Tony wrote a letter to the local paper in 2005 expressing his gratitude to Roger Lightoller for saving his life. This stirred the embers and led him to consider publication in rememberance of the time and the people.


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Tony Chapman is actually my Uncle, being my Mother's Brother. So interesting to read about his early life and the war itself. I have learned various things from his book, which I didn't know before, as me Mother has sadly passed away. I am hoping he will sign it for me as it will be a great family memento. His character, always being funny, but articulate comes through in this book, and what him and his fellow men endured
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I give this a 5* rating it is an honest down to earth report anexcellent account of one mans service.
I recomend this book to anyone interested in Naval history especially in the small vessels which are all too often ignored.
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Tony Chapman's account of his service on motor gun boats has to be worth reading for anyone interested in the Second World War. From the below decks perspective it gives a realistic and, at times, frightening account of what naval conflict could be like. Apart from anything else it is beautifully written and is a tribute to his shortened grammar school education in Southampton. His details of life in the late 1930s are also fascinating. What I particularly admire is the sang froid of his account of the furious and horrific encounter with German E-boats in October 1943. Those of us lucky enough not to have seen active service stand in awe of men such as Tony Chapman. This book feels real and it is wonderful to have it available so long after the event by someone who was actually there. My one criticism ? I could have done with a couple of maps of the places in which he served.
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