Kriegsmarine Coastal Forces

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Osprey Publishing, Jun 20, 2012 - History - 48 pages
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Although often overlooked in favour of the U-boats or battleships, the vast majority of the Kriegsmarine was formed of the smaller vessels of the coastal forces. These ships and boats, which included minesweepers, torpedo boats, patrol boats, and blockade breakers, gave crucial service to Germany during the war, and many continued serving for decades after the surrender in such tasks as clearing minefields. Also included in these forces was Hitler's yacht, the Ostwind. This book reveals the history of the vessels that formed the backbone of the Kriegsmarine, and combines fascinating anecdotes, detailed technical information, and full-colour artwork.

  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
4
M35 class M40 class M43 class
15
Escort boats Geleitboote
22
FLEET AUXILIARY SUPPLY SHIPS Trossschiffe
31
ACCOMODATION SHIPS Wohnschiffe
39
SAIL TRAINING SHIPS Segelschulschiffe
46
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About the author (2012)

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 recipients. He is the author of a number of World War II titles for Osprey. The author lives in Edinburgh.

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