At Close Quarters: PT Boats in the US Navy (Paperback)
At Close Quarters: PT Boats in the U.S. Navy, first published in 1962, is the official Navy history of Patrol Torpedo (PT) boats during World War II. The book opens with a look at PT boat design and construction, naval activities in the Philippines and the evacuation of MacArthur from Corregidor (conducted via PT boat by the book's author, himself a PT skipper), followed by chapters on PT activities in the Pacific (including the Aleutian Island campaign), plus the Mediterranean and English Channel theaters where the PT boats faced Italian and German boats of similar design. The role of PT boats in support of the D-Day landings in Normandy is also discussed. This new edition is profusely illustrated, fully indexed, and contains all the appendices found in the original book. With a Foreword by John F. Kennedy, At Close Quarters remains the authoritative work on PT boats in the Second World War.