E-Boats towards the front!
sub title: A first-hand account of the finnish operations of a patrolboat/e-boat flotilla in the eastern theater.
An excellent wartime pictorial of operations based in Finland.
This book is quite scarce.
An old published book review states:
The magnificent, original photographs and descriptive reporting of war correspondent Hugo Bürger
combine to accurately portray the bold raids of the powerful, German Navy torpedo boats undertaken
against the forces of the Soviet Union. The mining of enemy harbors, the providing of a safe escort
for German convoys, the sweeping of enemy minefields, and other dangerous duties which require
the utmost discipline, skills, and devotion to duty from both seamen and soldiers are described
here in detail. From the extremely intense moments experienced in the heat of battle, to the
friendly comradeship and lighthearted moments of military daily routine, this book conveys to
the reader a realistic view of the spirit and accomplishments of this newest branch of the
wartime naval service.
104 very rare b&w photos
11 color photos
In good exterior and good/very good interior condition.
Minor foxing to boards, minor damage to tips of spine (The fragile backstrip is almost always damaged or missing at this title!).
Corners bumped/frayed, upper right hand corner lightly crushed, 4 pages in the rear with discoloration from dampness at bottom margin, otherwise ok.
All pages are complete and tight in the binding.
Approx/Measurements: 10-1/2" x 8-1/4" ~1.4 lbs.
After the Treaty of Versailles most of Germany's military production was severly curtailed. Small patrol craft were not. The E-boats trace their lineage back to a private motor yacht - a 22 ton dispacement 34 knot craft called Oheka II, which had been built in 1927 for wealthy financier and patron of the arts, Otto Kahn, by the German shipbuilding company Lürssen.
E-boats were used in the English Channel to intercept shipping heading for the English ports in the south and east. as such they would be up against Royal Navy and Commonwealth contingents in Motor Gun Boats (MGBs) and Motor Torpedo Boats (MTBs) as well as Motor Launchs and destroyers.
Crews could earn an award particular to their work - denoted by a badge depicting an E-boat passing through a wreath. The criteria were good conduct, distinction in action, participating in at least twelve enemy actions. It was awarded for a particularly successful mission, displays of leadership or being killed in action. It could also be awarded under special circumstances such as when another decoration was not suitable.
The E-boat design evolved over time. The first had a pair of torpedo tubes on the fore deck.
Entered service in 1940
40 metre hull. Torpedo tubes covered by forward deck.
Improved 38 class with armoured bridge.
2 x 20 mm gun amidships and 37 mm gun aft.
late war design, never built, stern torpedo tubes and 30 mm gun turret forward.
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