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German S-Boats In Action (Paperback)

In the Second World War

Seaforth: Iron & Steel Seaforth

By Hans Frank
Seaforth Publishing
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781844157167
Published: 17th January 2007
Last Released: 23rd January 2008



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A detailed narrative of S-boat, or schnellboot, actions during World War II in all the theatres where they were deployed. The author, describes, with the help of a multitude of maps and photographs, all the incidents that these 45-knot fast attack craft were involved in. The German motor torpedo boat (German: S-boot, English: E-boat) was a controversial subject in the pre-war period of German naval rearmament. As late as 1938, the Fleet Commander recommended that S-boot building be terminated on the grounds that the craft was merely a 'weapon of opportunity' without a defined role. This outlook changed dramatically after the first wartime successes. Soon the S-boot was required on all fronts, and the area of operations. In this volume the operational deployment of the S-Boot in these theatres is given comprehensive treatment for the first time, and not purely from the isolated viewpoint of S-Boot warfare, but as an integral part of the overall military objectives of the time. This study of the effectiveness of the S-Boot, its successes and failures, is based on war diary entries and previously unseen original sources.
It is a first-class account of this German naval arm in which survived to be the last class of German surface warship still carrying the offensive to the enemy.

This book gives you a mass of visual data which will enable the modeller to produce a really first-class and higher detailed model. It will find pride of place in my library.

Model Boats - July 2008

This book, from a German perspective is a refreshing change and provides much insight into the problems experienced. A very worthwhile book which deserves a place in the library of anybody with an interest in the activities of the smaller craft in wartime.

Escort - The Newsletter of International Plastic Modellers Society - June 2008
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