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E-Boat vs MTB: The English Channel 1941-45 (Duel) Paperback – 10 Jun 2011

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (10 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849084068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849084062
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.7 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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."..superbly illustrated with maps, cutaways, and period photographs ... a must-have for those interested in these two interesting light combat boats." - Scott Van Aken, "Modeling Madness

""A fine survey of the German E-Boat and their conflicts with the U-Boat Allies. German and British skirmishes using either boat are covered in chapters packed with vintage black and white photos and illustrations to capture a fine history of the two military vessels." - "The Midwest Book Review" (September 2011)

..".superbly illustrated with maps, cutaways, and period photographs ... a must-have for those interested in these two interesting light combat boats." - Scott Van Aken, "Modeling Madness
""A fine survey of the German E-Boat and their conflicts with the U-Boat Allies. German and British skirmishes using either boat are covered in chapters packed with vintage black and white photos and illustrations to capture a fine history of the two military vessels." - "The Midwest Book Review" (September 2011)

A fine survey of the German E-Boat and their conflicts with the U-Boat Allies. German and British skirmishes using either boat are covered in chapters packed with vintage black and white photos and illustrations to capture a fine history of the two military vessels. "The Midwest Book Review (September 2011)"

...superbly illustrated with maps, cutaways, and period photographs ... a must-have for those interested in these two interesting light combat boats. "Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness""

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An examination of the 'small boat' war between the Germans and the British in the English Channel.

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Clearly the author has little technical knowledge of British MTB's. He omits the twin .5" Vickers HMG mounting from the text, substituting instead the .3" Browning. He also omits the .303 Lewis and Vickers K gun mounts. the author also states that the 6 pdr. gun was not used during the war, yet there are many photographs in other works of the Fairmile D MTB/MGB or the British Power Boat MGB's carrying this armament.
The photographs are limited to views of the Vosper standard designs and seem particularly weighted toward the late war 73ft boat, including several views of the post war prototype type 2! There are no photographs of the early war boats or the Fairmile D, a design that was specifically built to combat the German E-boat. No mention is made of the US Elco MTB's that were operated By the Royal Navy either.
A dark grey background has been chosen for the colour profiles that renders the detail unclear. And finally, the photograph of sailors playing board games on an MTB's deck, is not what the caption states. It is clearly the free-flooding deck of a small submarine!
read Home Waters MTB's at War by L.C. Reynolds instead.
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Another Offering from Mr Williamson which shows a lack of consistancy or knoledgable proof reading. It becomes obvious in the desciption of British MTB armament. The 0.5 in Vickers machine gun, the basic gun armament of all earlier MTBs is almost completely ignored while a twin Browning ,30 in set never standard and rarely if ever fitted is mentioned.
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E-Boats vs MTB...is about the British Coastal Forces battling the German Coastal Forces during WW2. It is colorful simple text booklet. It doesnt contain alot of meat. It is a teaser to get reads to learn and read more. Has some nice photo and color techincal plates. BUt if you want a real history this book isnt it.
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By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 April 2013
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I came to this book in the expectation of finding technical information relating to two Schnellboote wrecks I am hoping to visit later this year. As the title suggests, this book confines itself to operations performed by E-Boats and British Motor Torpedo Boats (MTBs) in the English Channel with direct comparisons of each feature of the two craft and their performance. As far as my own research is concerned, I found all the technical information I was seeking and learned far more than I had expected to find.

Nevertheless, I must criticise the author’s use of the word ‘E-Boat’ which I must also adopt for the purpose of this review. In Germany, the type of craft which is the subject of this book is, and always was, known as a Schnellboote (fast boat) and that is the name which should appear in this work. ‘E-Boat’ was the name given to the craft by the British and stands for ‘Enemy Boat.’ Some might think I am being overly purist but, would anyone ever describe the ‘Deutschland’ as the ‘Germany?’ Having got that off my chest, this is another excellent contribution to our overall knowledge of specific craft and weapons-of-war from Osprey Publishing and really is most informative.

The book commences with an intriguing ‘Chronology’ of the E-Boat from inception in July 1930, the various stages of development and the most significant successes and failures through the years to 1945. This is immediately followed by an illuminating résumé of ‘Design and Development.’ By comparison, the ‘MTB’ section commences with an explanation of similar craft operated by the British.
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a good read
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