AMTB BatteriesMay 11 2012 at 8:15 AM
|Jacques (no login)|
Response to correction to number of Singapore AMTB batteries
From what you've posted and the Fort Siloso website, one gets the impression that a lot of attention had been given to these "Anti Motor Torpedo Boat" batteries in the years leading up to WW2. All received regular upgrades and by December 1941, were well equipped and manned to ward off any attack by motor torpedo boats. Except... those attacks never came - Japan did not have not have any motor torpedo boats!*
So, was this another case of resources wasted due to poor intelligence or does the term "AMTB battery" have a wider application - used to describe a defensive position consisting of light short range coastal artillery? I am inclined to think that AMTB batteries along with their 6 or 12 pounder guns were relics of an earlier (Victorian?) era when torpedo boats were perceived to be the greatest threat to shipping and with that threat diminishing over the years, by December 1941, AMTB batteries had become obsolete.
*The IJN did not have anything comparable to the German E-Boat, British MTB or US Navy PT boat. They had wisely given up on using this type of craft except for some suicide boats later in the War. The term "torpedo boat", in the IJN was used for a small destroyer similar to a US Navy Destroyer Escort, of which it only possessed a few. These were lightly armed, typically 2 x 4.7" guns, 3 torpedo tubes, around 600 tons and 250 ft in length.