Rear guns on Fairmile C Motor Gun Boat

Rear guns on Fairmile C Motor Gun Boat

Here we see the rear guns on a on Fairmile C Motor Gun Boat operating in 'E boat alley' - the danger zone within S-Boat range of German occupied ports (the original wartime caption mistakenly says this was a forward view). The gun at the stern is probably a QF 2-poundr Mark XIV (Rolls 2 pounder), originally designed by Rolls Royce as an aircraft weapon, but that was more often used on small naval launches.

The smaller guns near the camera are twin mounted Vickers .50 Mk. III machine guns.

British Naval Weapons of World War Two – The John Lambert Collection Vol III: Coastal Forces Weapons, ed Norman Friedman. The third and final of three impressive books built around plans and drawings produced by John Lambert, looking at the small boats used by British Coastal Forces and the weapons they carried, accompanied by a useful introduction to the topic by Norman Friedman. A very impressive selection of detailed plans covering just about every element of these boats, from the radar antenna to their depth charges and torpedoes as well as the weapons carried by submarines. (Read Full Review)
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