A Complete Operational History
The Kriegsmarine's Schnellboote fast attack boats, or E-boats to the Allies, were the primary German naval attack units in coastal waters throughout the Second World War. Operating close to their various bases they became a devastatingly effective weapon in nearly all the Kriegsmarine's theatres of war, from the Baltic to the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. It was in the English Channel, however, that they scored their most notable successes, destroying some forty warships and more than one hundred merchant ships. In addition to interception and attack, they were also used for minelaying, landing sabotage troops and general escort duties.
There had been, until this book was published, no comprehensive operational history of the S-boat service in all the theatres in which it saw service, but due to the relatively small number of units it is possible to recount the duties and fates of each individual craft and in this book the author examines the career of each in detail. In addition, operations alongside the commando units of the Kleinkampfverbande are covered. As the war progressed, S-boats suffered from the increased Allied mastery of the seas and skies but they were a formidable foe right to the end; this fine book was the first to do full justice to their record of success, and remains the foremost work on their operational history.
'The history of naval warfare in the Second World War is a well-worn path, and it is refreshing to encounter a work that is significant and adds to our understanding. This is quite simply an outstanding book.' The Mariner's Mirror
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As it says on the jacket, this is a complete history of German fast boats during WWII. The S-Boote, called E-Boats by the British, were formidable small warships capable of high speeds and employed in nearly all the Kriegsmarine’s theatres of war . – Much Recommended.Firetrench
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Development of the Schnellboote (S-boat) was marked by intrigue and deception, with its basic design adopted from a pre-war wooden speed boat. This gripping narrative chronicles the type's history and combat, revealing how increases in size and firepower boosted the offensive strength of an underequipped Kreigsmarine...Airfix Model World, June 2017
...While more applicable to historians than modellers, there are sufficient good-quality black-and-white photographs to make this volume worth considering.
The author has achieved what he set out to do, but has not attempted to cover the immediate postwar operations that saw at least one S-boot sailing under the White Ensign (possibly now the sole survivor). This is a book not only for the historian but for anyone who wishes to understand the potential of what is now known as asymmetricWarship 2017, reviewed by W B Davies
The history of naval warfare in the Second World War is a well-worn path, and it is refreshing to encounter a work that is significant and adds to our understanding. This is quite simply an outstanding book.Mariner's Mirror - reviewed by David Bowen
This is an excellent account of coastal forces warfare from a German perspective.Ships Monthly, September 2016
This recently published work on the operational history of German S-boats is comprehensive and well written. Relatively little on design and development here, as the focus is, as the title notes, on operations.1250 Scale
A complete operational history.Warship World - March/April 2016
Covering as it does an aspect of naval operations not previously covered in an accessible form this book is an important addition to the body of coastal forces literature, and should be essential reading for anyone interested in the wars of the 'Narrow Seas'. It is also particularly well written for an operational history and is quite gripping - difficult to put down once you have started!Battlefleet, Naval Wargames Society Journal