“E” for “Enemy,” (in German: Schnellboot, or S-Boot, that meansquick boat”)

They have been extremely quick, and seaworthy, the “Mosquito” of assault craft, and the preferred, the S-100 class, have been able to sustaining 43.5 knots (80.6 km/h; 50.1 mph), briefly accelerating as much as 48 knots (89 km/h; 55 mph). They have been very properly constructed and have been very seaworthy.

They have been armed with torpedoes and Flak weapons (one 37 mm on the stern and at the least one 20 mm on the bow) plus machine weapons; some even had 40 mm cannons. A captured S-100 E-Boat was a real prize for the British. Their Diesel engines offered a variety of 700 to 750 nmi (810–860 mi; 1,300–1,390 km), considerably higher than the gasoline-fueled American PT Boats or the British motor torpedo boats (MTBs) and compelled the British to revamp and dup grade their comparable boats.

Much less harmful than the U-Boats, however they nonetheless made all approaches of the occupied coast of Europe, roamed the Baltic, the black sea, Mediterranean, and all alongside the Atlantic wall, from Norway to the bay of Biscaye harmful! (Transferred in small numbers to the Mediterranean, and the Black Sea by river and land transport, BTW.) They have been particularly energetic within the English channel, and obscured/forgotten by the “huge naval battles” that made the primary headlines, they met in numerous unnamed naval clashes in opposition to British gentle gunboats (MGB) and MTBs. They obliged the Royal Navy to develop and keep a large fleet of sunshine boats.

Completely underlooked for his or her motion within the Kriegsmarine, they carried out a sizeable injury of their very own:

S-(E) Bootes in complete for WWII, on all fronts, claimed 101 service provider ships (214,728 GRT), 12 destroyers, 11 minesweepers, 8 touchdown ships, 6 MTBs, 1 torpedo boat, 1 minelayer, 1 submarine, and plenty of smaller craft. Additionally they broken 2 cruisers, 5 destroyers, 3 touchdown ships, 1 restore ship, a naval tug and plenty of, many service provider vessels. Additionally S-Boote and R-boote laid minefields which claimed 37 service provider ships (148,535 GRT), a destroyer, two minesweepers, and 4 touchdown ships throughout the conflict.

The final E-Boat stayed in service with the German Navy until 1991.


  • Size: 34.9 m (114 ft 6 in)
  • Weight: as much as 120 t
  • Pace: 43.8 kn (50.4 mph; 81.1 km/h)
  • Engines: Three 20-cylinder Daimler-Benz MB501 Diesel engines, 2,000 hp (1,500 kW; 2,000 PS) every; three propeller shafts.
  • Armament: 2 × 53.3 cm (21.0 in) torpedo tubes (4 torpedoes). 1 × 20 mm gun, (20 mm single on early boats, however twin 20mms and particular 20mm bow model on later lessons) 1 × 40 mm Bofors (some S-38-class boats)
  • Different AA armament carried on totally different fashions included two or extra pintle-mounted MG-34s, 3.7 cm Flak 42 (S-100) and eight.6 cm RaG M42 (S-100) or, hardly ever, one quadruple 20 mm Flakvierling mounts.
  • (Above: 40mm boors firing a burst.)
  • I went to varsity on the U of MN, Duluth, and there was a rumor than a captured E-Boat had been introduced again to the states and “civilized” and was operated out of Superior, Wi. again within the ‘50’s and roamed Lake Superior till it was sunk after hitting a rock within the Apostle Islands…very, uncertain uncertain