By Angus Konstam

Through the moment global battle, flotillas of the Royal Navy's Motor Torpedo Boats and different coastal forces fought a dangerous struggle for keep an eye on of the English Channel and the North Sea. those small, speedy boats attacked enemy convoys, escorted freighters, landed mystery brokers or even raided enemy ports. Unsung heroes, those craft and their tiny crews helped stave off defeat at nighttime days of 1940. a similar vessels then took the struggle to different waters, and by means of the tip of the warfare, British MTB's had noticeable carrier within the Mediterranean, the Baltic and the some distance East. This ebook examines the improvement and operation of those frail, smooth little warships, and describes the way in which they have been manned and the way they fought.

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In June 1942, both Atago and Chokai were assigned to the abortive Midway operation, while Takao and Maya took part in the Japanese seizure of two Aleutian islands. Continuing in her role as a fleet flagship, Chokai was assigned to the Eighth Fleet in August 1942. As the flagship of Vice Admiral Mikawa Gunichi, she played a central role in the Japanese victory at Savo Island, although she also received the most damage of any Japanese ship present American cruisers achieved several hits, killing 34 crewmen.

On March 2, 1944, however, the two ships deployed into the Indian Ocean to conduct commerce raiding. Tone sank a British merchant vessel and took 108 crew and passengers onboard. Of these, 72 were beheaded on Tone during the night of March 18-19. The next operation for Sentai 8 was the battle of the Philippine Sea, from which both cruisers emerged undamaged. For the IJN's last desperate attempt to engage the US Navy decisively at Leyte Gulf, Sentai 8 was disbanded and Tone and Chikuma were assigned to Sentai 7 with Suzuya and Kumano.

In fact, plans were made in late 1942/early 1943 for the conversion of Suzuya and Kumano into anti-aircraft cruisers by removing their 8in guns in favor of additional Type 89 5in mounts, but these were not carried out. These units received a No. 21 radar on top of the foremast and four triple 25mm gun mounts, two in front of the bridge in place of the 13mm machine guns and two by the mainmast. In March-April 1944, eight single 25mm guns were added. After the battle of Philippine Sea in June 1944, further modifications were made with the addition of two No.

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