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German E-boats 1939-45

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Author: Gordon Williamson
Illustrator: Ian Palmer
Publication Date: 25 Sep 2002
Number of Pages: 48

By the outbreak of World War II, Germany had done much to replace the Kaiser’s High Seas Fleet, which was scuttled following their surrender at the end of World War I. Forced to build anew, the Kriegsmarine possessed some of the most technically advanced warships in existence. Although the heavy units of the fleet were too small in number to pose much of a threat, Germany was particularly well served by her Navy’s smaller vessels, in particular the U-Boats and the S-Boats. Known to the allies as the E-Boats (‘Enemy’), they performed sterling duties in the Black Sea and English Channel, where they became a particular scourge.

Biographical Note

Gordon Williamson was born in 1951 and currently works for the Scottish Land Register. He spent seven years with the military Police TA and has published a number of books and articles on the decorations of the Third Reich and their winners. He is author of a number of World War II titles for Osprey.Ian Palmer is a highly experienced digital artist. A graduate in 3D design, he has provided illustrations for many publications, from modelling James Bond’s Aston Martin to recreating lunar landings. He lives and works in London with his wife and three cats.


  • Introduction
  • Developmental Details
  • General Description
  • Armament
  • Powerplant
  • Colour Schemes
  • Radar
  • Organisation of the S-Bootwaffe
  • Operational use
  • Bibliography
  • Colour Plate
  • Commentary
  • Index