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Kriegsmarine Coastal Forces


Year: 2009
Language: english
Author: Gordon Williamson
Genre: History
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-84603331
Format: PDF
Quality: OCR without errors
Pages count: 52
Description: While the pocket battleships and U-boats attract much of the attention paid to the wartime German Navy, the coastal and support branches represented by far the greater number of vessels and men, and the great majority of sea-duty. Without these ships no fleet could function. Germany's minesweepers alone formed a massive proportion of its total strength, and smaller branches of the Kriegsmarine were responsible for escort duties, patrol services, fleet auxiliary roles such as refuelling, hospital and accommodation ships and sail training. This book describes the most important of these minor warships - the characteristics, organization, deployment and war service of minesweepers, patrol and escort craft and torpedo boats; but also the vital fleet auxiliary supply ships, such as the famous Altmark, accomodation ships such as the ill-fated Wilhelm Gustloff, the depot tenders for U- and S-boat flotillas, and even the majestic pre-war sail training vessels.

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