Until war came, PT’s in the U.S. Navy were an untried type. They had never met the test of action, and no standard doctrine for their employment had been established. But by the end of January, 1942, Rear Adm. Francis W. Rockwell, Commandant of the 16th Naval District, was able to write from Corregidor, “These boats are proving their worth in operations here, having sunk two ships of three to five thousand tons and three landing boats.”
These boats did prove their worth: the Navy built more of them. On December 7, 1941, there were 29 PT’s; on December 7, 1943, there were more than 29 squadrons.
PT’s met the Tokyo Express at Guadalcanal. They cut enemy barge supply lines in the upper Solomons and along the New Guinea coast. They torpedoed German cargo lighters in the Mediterranean, and overcame E-boats in gunnery duels in the English Channel.
They contributed to the rout of Japanese task forces in the Battle of Surigao Strait, and successfully countered vicious Kamikaze attacks at Mindoro.
Under cover of darkness they freely landed agents, scouts, and reconnaissance parties throughout the Solomons, New Guinea, and the Philippines, and on the coasts of France and Italy.
PT’s were in more frequent contact with the enemy, and at closer range, than any other type of surface craft. They specialized in close-range, close-to-shore attack, and everywhere demonstrated that they could hurt the enemy with proportionately small damage to themselves. At Close Quarters – Captain R J Bulkley Jr, USNR (Ret)
Barge Busters brings these naval knife-fighters to the tabletop, pitting hard-nosed skippers against shrieking kamikazes and lumbering sampans.
Players will be able to customize the loadouts of their PT squadron, then lead them into battle against Japanese naval vessels, aircraft and ground targets.