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An excellent account!
on 4 May 2013
Part of my current research involves Mediterranean ship and aircraft wrecks and I came to this work because it is promoted as being `the first comprehensive English language study of S-Boat, or Schnellboot, actions during World War II in all theatres where they were deployed.' I was immediately disappointed, therefore, to discover that neither the Mediterranean nor Malta are mentioned in the Index but that limited Index was my only disappointment in what is an otherwise excellent account of the S-Boat - because the information really is there.
Laid out in a chronological order of events - often referencing decisions made for other on-going German campaigns (Barbarossa, North Africa) and the knock-on effect as far as the Schnellboot (German for `Fast boat') or S-Boat was concerned, this book provides a complete and compelling history of events during WW2 as experienced by these craft. Commencing with; Development and First Operations, author Hans Frank takes the reader from the Channel to the Baltic and Barbarossa and back again, from Norway to the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Aegean and from the Black Sea through the invasion, the Ardennes and to the last station in the Baltic. I particularly enjoyed the account of how the first 14 S-Boats arrived in the Mediterranean - having been disarmed and disguised as tugboats for a lengthy journey through French canals.
Having now experienced the war from the viewpoint of S-Boat operations in their various theatres, we now find the more technical details in which all aspects of these incredible craft are explained. Finally, the five Appendices cover important topics such as; Flotillas, Insignia, Charts, Torpedoes & Mines and Awards and Badges.
This is a most readable book which is well supported with relevant historic photographs, maps and operational charts. In short, a good job of work all round.