on 10 September 2003
If you are into MTB's, this is the book to have. Deals not only with the Kriegsmarine's S-Boote, but also with Italian MAS, British and US MTB's and even with Russian G-5's. Superb pictures of boats, crews, weapons, propeganda cards, bunkers etc. etc. Supported by extensive text.
As with other H&C books: You will not be dissapointed !
Finding the right book to suit whatever avenue of research is important at the time is vital to any person engaged with unveiling whatever details from history are relevant with nobody being able to purchase all such books in the hope of find that information. In this instance, I was delighted to have found a work which goes a long way to answering most of my own questions in addition to discovering so much more of which I was previously unaware. As the full title of this excellent work suggests, this is a fully detailed exposé of the German E-Boat during WW2. It is also a work which is supremely well supported by excellent images throughout.
Translated from French, I found three minor instances where the original language had remained in place and, if criticism it is, it says much for this work that they were the only errors I found.
Though not a blow-by-blow account of various battles and encounters, the book is cleverly laid out in a chronological order of major phases in the evolution and development of the E-boat and, by repeating the Contents page I am able to explain what lies within this absolute gem of a book. Although chapter numbers are not actually used, the order is as follows; The Precursors 1915-1939 (first operations and developments pre WW2), First Kriegsmarine victories 1939-40 (Norway, France and Mine warfare), The Allies even the score (British response, new Kriegsmarine units, raids continue), The S-Boote in the Mediterranean 19431-45 (Malta, convoys, Tunisia, Sicily and Salerno), The English pull ahead 1942 (Operation Cerberus, English Channel, reorganisation of S-Boote command structure, German victories), From the American Intervention to Operation Neptune 1943-44 (American arrival, British victories, New raids from French and Dutch ports, Allied defeats (Lyme Bay) and Fighting in the summer of 1944), Final combats on the western front 1945 (Retreat to Holland and Norway and the last battles with Allied convoys).
These are followed by two sections which are headed (on the contents page) `Les Commandants des S-Boots' and `Evolution of the S-Boote serie' on turning to the relevant pages, however, we find the English titles of `Commanding officers of S-Boote' (in which a photograph of all such COs appears) and `Differents S-Boote series (1930-1945)' which, if I were to be very picky-picky should read `Differences.' I only mention this trivia in order to underline how very little is wrong with this work - and translations are never easy in any event. The work is completed with useful Glossary and Bibliography.
Altogether, therefore, a fairly complete history of the German E-Boat from after WW1 to the end of WW2 with plenty of historic photographs of the various craft and their commanders and I really do consider this book to be an excellent job of research, writing and production.
on 28 May 2013
Another great book from histoire & collections. Great. Quality paper with a superb set of photographs showing not only the boats but the men as well. I have read the one star rating , and whilst the guy may be right on some points , he does come over as a nit picking anorak model builder . I love the format and size which allows for larger photographs and happily it does fit on my book shelf as I didn't buy one just for paperbacks ! Highly recommended .