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ARM-019 Tupolev G-5 Soviet WW2 Torpedo Boat story book

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ARM-019 Tupolev G-5 Soviet WW2 Torpedo Boat story book

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Summary
In the early 1930s the USSR began mass production of a «mosquito fleet» consisting of aluminum torpedo boats that had high speeds of around 50-55 knots. Development of this project was carried out by the special design bureau of the noted aircraft designer A.N. Tupolev. After building prototype models, series production of the first boats, which were armed with 457mm torpedoes, commenced under the designation Sh-4.
The creation of a new type of boat which was more responsive to the needs of the Soviet Navy was completed in 1933. It was accepted for service under the designator «G-5». This boat was armed with two 533mm torpedoes. Initially, series production was carried out at the «A. Marti» factory in Leningrad, but later on it was also carried out at a number of other factories. Ignoring a number of difficulties which arose during the decade-long production run, more than 200 boats were built to the design specification in several series.
The G-5 type comprised the bulk of the light forces of the Soviet Navy during the 1930s. Intensive use of the boats revealed a number of specific shortcomings, some of which could not be remedied. The crews of the boats made intensive use of their new technology. The designers improved the boats, creating a number of models and modifications, including a radio-controlled variant. It was proposed to use boats which did not pass final acceptance inspections for the RC role.
The G-5 boats took part in the Civil War in Spain, the Second World War, and the Korean War. During the years of the Great Patriotic War (World War II) boats of this type received various armament configurations, including rockets. Despite the heroism shown by their crews, combat victories scored by these boats were not many in number. They took part in operations in the Baltic and Black Seas, as well as in the Pacific Ocean, where they carried out torpedo attacks, laid minefields, landed troops and escorted convoys. As was the case with U.S. patrol and torpedo (PT) boats and British motor torpedo boats (MTB), the main enemy targets turned out to be trawlers, high-speed landing barges, and enemy torpedo boats, rather than battleships and cruisers.
Combat operations revealed many shortcomings in the design of the G-5. They were particularly vulnerable to air attack. After the war the boats were used for training, as they were replaced in the fleets by new, more modern combat models. Several of the G-5 class boats survive today as memorials to the courage of their crews in the war against fascism.
48 pages, 92 photos, 6 schemes

Illustrations
1. G-5 number 16 torpedo boat. Northen fleet, 1942
2. G-5 Altaech. Baltic fleet, 1-st division of motor torpedo-boats, 1945
3. A G-5 series 6 torpedo boat
4. TK-125 proceeding to close on an amphibious base. Baltic Fleet
5. A TKA with a homemade RS launcher in a Rumanian port. Fall 1944
6. A G-5 torpedo boat in one of the Korean ports. 1945