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Old 11-03-2010, 12:01
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Does anyone have any information on the developement of ship-launched torpedo systems and their development during tne early 20th century and particularly during and after the Great War ?
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Hi Cavalryman
MTBs were designed for high speed and manoeverabilty, to allow them to get close enough to launch their torpedoes at an enemy vessel and get away at high speeds to avoid being hit by retaliatory gunfire from larger enemy ships.
Early experiments were carried out during the American Civil War,but were not particularly successful. It was not until the early part of the 20th century
that the British and Italian Navies started to develop torpedo launching motor boats. The Italian MAS type was fairly lightweight ie.20-30 tons.The
British motor boats were no more than 15tons.
MAS 15 was the only boat in history to sink aBattleship ,the Austrian SZENT ISTVAN in 1918.
The development of heavier ships such as Torpedo Boats and Torpedo Boat Destroyers took place in the last quarter of the 19thCentury.
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