Published by Seaforth in 2007, 192 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N4627)
Brand New Book
From the rear side cover: This book is an immensley detailed study of S-boat, or schnellboot, actions during World War II in all the theatres where they were deployed...
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 eventually extended from the North Cape to the Mediterranean, and from the English Channel to the Baltic and the Black Sea.
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.