SCHNELLBOOT IN ACTION
|Author(s)||D. Garth Connelly, David L. Krakow|
Several forces shaped the best MTB of World War Two, the Schnellhoot. These included the invention of the torpedo, developments in the engine, and restriction of the Treaty of Versailles, American contract for a luxury yacht, and, of course, naval hegemony of Great Britain forces. The term Schnellboot is the German for "speedboat" and we often referred to her as S-Boat. Just the same as when we use the term U-Boat to address submarines. The Kaiserliche Marine - Imperial German Navy - deployed their first motorboats in 1914, just before the World War One. These MTBs were well equipped to carry torpedo tubes; but, a torpedo shortage resulted in their redeployment in the Unterseeboot Zerstorer role. The content of the volume has been perfectly executed and supplemented with many photographs of a very good quality. The author has included all necessary underlying technical details of these remarkably effective vessels. The book is highly recommended to the naval historians and ship model makers. The text part and data diagrams related to the vessels have been supplemented with several pages of the color artwork by Don Greer making the reading amazing and interesting even to the general reader.
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