German E-boats 1939-45, Paperback

German E-boats 1939-45 Paperback

Illustrated by Ian Palmer

Part of the New Vanguard series

4 out of 5 (1 rating)


By the outbreak of World War II, Germany had done much to replace the Kaiser's High Seas Fleet, which was scuttled following the German surrender at the end of World War I.

Forced to build her fleet anew, although small, the Kriegsmarine possessed some of the most modern and technically innovative warships in existence.

Although the heavy units of the fleet were too small in number to pose much of a threat to huge fleets such as the Royal Navy, Germany was particularly well served by her Navy's smaller vessels, in particular two specific branches - the U-Boats and the S-Boats.

Known to the allies as the E-Boats (E being indicative of 'Enemy'), they performed sterling duties in both the Black Sea and the English Channel, where they became a particular scourge.

Their achievements can also be gauged by the high number of successful commanders who were decorated with the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, in recognition of the tonnage they had sunk.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 48 pages, 40 b&w illustrations
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9781841764450



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A handy, reasonably priced guide to this German coastal combatant. Information includes the changing armament, design changes, propulsion system, and a lot of other useful information. Some details are available about deployment and combat history, but not too much can included in this slim volume. I bought the book mostly for the plates. They are very handy. Plates of early, mid-war and late war vessels are shown. The plate descriptions cover each of the major design genres of E-boats during the war. There are also two nice action views and a cutaway view. An affordable, useful volume on this subject.