Haynes manual for gunboats


21 August 2020
Royal Navy Motor Gunboat Owner's Manual by Haynes Royal Navy Motor Gunboat Owner's Manual by Haynes
Your complete guide to maintaining a 1942-45 Royal Navy MBG will be released in September.
Haynes manual for gunboats Images

During World War II 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 centrepiece 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 World War II.
The book, by archaeologist and historian Stephen Fisher and co-author Diggory Rose, is published in association with the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust. It includes the full combat history of MGB 81 along with archive photos, technical drawings and detailed photography.

  • Haynes
  • ISBN: 978-1-7852-1142-3
  • Hardback. 192 pages. £25.00
  • Publication date: September 2020



Can't get to the newsagents for your copy of The Armourer? Order it online (now with free postage!) or take out a subscription and avoid the general public for the next 12 months entirely. And if you're confined to quarters, stock up on some bookazines to keep you entertained.

Buy the latest copy or any back issues, either in print or digital editions by clicking on The Armourer.

Content continues after advertisements

Buy a copy of Aircraft of the RAF, featuring 595 flying machines, for £7.99 by clicking here.

Or how about a copy of the Collecting German Militaria bookazine? Click here to buy this.

And we still have a few copies of 100 Years of the RAF 1918-2018 left as well.