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Schnellboot in Action (14035)

Schnellboot in Action (14035)
Autor: David L. Krakow
Data publikacji: 2013-11
ISBN: 9780897476607
Wydawca: Squadron Signal Publications
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 27.4 x 20.6 x 1 cm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 80
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Packed with over 150 photos, 10 color profiles and full-page general arrangement plans for each of the major classes. Illustrated with 158 photographs.

Larger, faster and more powerful than Allied counterparts, the Schnellboot was perhaps the best motor torpedo boat of WWII. Unlike mass-produced Allied boats, Germany spared no expense in equipping the Schnellboot with the speed, protection, maneuverability and firepower to strike and survive in increasingly hostile seas. Operating under the cover of darkness and using cutting-edge technology, the Schnellboot remained a menace to the last days of WWII, long after all other Kriegsmarine surface combatants had been neutralized. This book is an informative and richly-illustrated technical history of these sleek, powerful vessels, from the first to the final variants. It includes detailed information on weapons, electronics, optics, engines, camouflage, and more. This new edition has been enlarged, corrected and augmented with many new photos, in-depth captions, additional color profiles, and all-new, meticulously-detailed scale drawings. Packed with over 150 photos, 10 color profiles and full-page general arrangement plans for each of the major classes. Illustrated with 158 photographs.

“Schnellboot in Action”, by David L. Krakow, is detailed technical overview and discussion on Germany’s Schnellboote (literally “speedboats”) used during World War II. At 80 pages, it also includes numerous photos of the many classes and variants of the boats and their equipment, scale drawings, and color profiles. But note that the title seems slightly misleading, as this is not a book about combat operations, it’s a book about the Schnellboote (S-boats) themselves.

I’m a history buff, and have read extensively about World War II. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m now reading more and more about the peripheries of the struggle, and when I read that the S-boats were able to continue offensive actions virtually up to the end of the war, my interest was piqued. This type of boat was not going to win or lose the war for the various combatants, but they were capable of many types of missions and roles that were an important part of the overall war effort.

The majority of this book is organized somewhat chronologically, covering the initial German efforts to create effective motor torpedo boats in World War I through their development up to the final days of World War II. Later sections in the book deal with the various weapons, motors, appurtenances, and other specifics used on the boats. This is a very thorough and comprehensive look at the S-boats. The copious pictures included are a strong-point, and are a boon to both the reader wanting to learn more about the boats as well as to the modeler.

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