German S-Boats : in Action in the Second World War Hardback
by Hans Frank
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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 208 pages, 165 Maps and Photos
- Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 17/01/2007
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9781844157167