Schnellboot in Action
By T. Garth Connelly
and David L. Krakow
Color by Don Greer
Illustrated by Dave Gebhardt and Darren Glenn
S u m m a r y
||Warships Number 18
||Soft cover, landscape format, 58
pages plus covers (incl. full colour centre pages).
||Perfect timing as essential
reference for Revell's new 1/72 scale kit; 111 captioned black and white
reference photos; attractive profiles and painting in centre pages and
both covers; line drawings illustrating variants and variations; great
value at less than USD$10
||Highly Recommended to historians,
ship modellers and anyone with even a passing interest in the subject of
WWII maritime events and technology.
Reviewed by Glen Porter
action is available online from Squadron.com
I have always referred to German torpedo boats as "E-Boats", without
knowing exactly what this stood for. I knew why a German submarine was
called a "U-Boat", but this title gave me my first insight that "E-Boat"
was Royal Navy terminology, and was an abbreviation for "Enemy Boat".
The correct term is S-Boat, or S-Boot, which is the German
abbreviation for Schnellboot. This translates to Fast Boat.
It is logical that Squadron should finally get around to this
subject, especially considering they have already covered PTs and MTBs
in action earlier in this series.
This latest book in the warships series is presented in the familiar
"in action" format, with 56 pages plus covers, and six large colour
profiles on the centre pages. Three Don Greer paintings adorn the front
and rear covers.
"Schnellboot in action" is packed with 111 excellent and relevant
black and white photos. These are helpfully captioned and reproduced
large enough for detail to be visible where appropriate.
Each class of S-Boot is covered, from S-1 to the first of the S-100
class. There are line drawings of each class to assist in identifying
variants, and scrap views illustrating detail and developments. Subjects
such as engines, main and secondary armaments, construction, radio,
radar and last but certainly not least, camouflage colours and markings.
Other interesting aspects touched upon include the armoured dome
bridges fitted to late S-38 class boats and standard fit on the S-100.
Light S-Boots as issued to Commerce Raiders Komet, Kormoran and Michel
are also described and illustrated.
This book reaches a very high standard for reference in such a
concise format, and can be heartily recommended to all.
Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2003 by Glen Porter
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