Kriegsmarine Coastal Forces by Gordon WilliamsonKriegsmarine Coastal Forces by Gordon Williamson

Kriegsmarine Coastal Forces

byGordon WilliamsonIllustratorIan Palmer

Paperback | January 20, 2009

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Despite the popularity of the U-boats and larger surface vessels like the Bismarck and the Graf Spee, the vast majority of vessels within the Kriegsmarine served in the coastal forces. Although less frequently mentioned, these smaller ships gave crucial service during the war and continued to serve decades after VE day, either in the German Navy or in the navies of the victorious Allies. Indeed, Kriegsmarine minesweepers and their German crews, still in their old uniforms with the swastikas simply removed, continued to serve after 1945 under the control of the Royal Navy, engaged in the dangerous but necessary task of clearing old wartime minefields.

The ships and boats included in the coastal forces ranged from such minesweepers to torpedo boats, patrol boats and blockade breakers. These latter were merchant vessels, whose daunting task was to evade the Allied warships to bring essential supplies into Germany. Also included in the coastal forces was Hitler's personal yacht, the Ostwind. This book tells the often-forgotten story of the vessels that formed the backbone of the Kriegsmarine, and combines fascinating anecdotes, detailed technical information, and full-color artwork.

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 Edinburg...
Title:Kriegsmarine Coastal ForcesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9.7 × 7.22 × 0.09 inPublished:January 20, 2009Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1846033314

ISBN - 13:9781846033315

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Table of Contents

Introduction · Minensuchboote (minesweepers) · Torpedoboote (torpedo boats) - small destroyers armed with two sets of torpedo tubes and similar to the Allied destroyer escort · Raumboote - trawlers pressed into military service which were literally "outpost" vessels perfoming a patrol service and giving early warning of the approach of enemy forces · Tenders: "Mothership" vessels for flotillas of smaller vessels such as E-boats and U-boats · Tankers and auxiliaries - provided crucial refuelling facilities to U-boats. Most were hunted down and destroyed during the course of the war · Blockage breakers · Miscellaneous - including former cruise liners acting as troopships. The Wilhelm Gustlov was sunk in the Baltic by a Soviet submarine carrying thousands of passengers including women and children fleeing the approaching Red Army. It was the greatest single loss of life in a maritime disaster yet few people have heard of the ship. Also training ships and Hitler's personal yacht, which was in fact a large steam powered vessel.

Editorial Reviews

"...this promises to be a great addition to any reference library." -Sean Ford, (October 2008)