Book Reviews 

Book Review: E-Boat Threat

By Bryan Cooper Pen & Sword Military Pages: 138 ISBN: 9781473827837 Published March 2015 For some reason unknown, the British referred to German S Boat motor torpedo boats of the Second World War as E-boats. The speed and firepower of these German craft were a bit of a shock and caused Britain to radically revamp their own craft in order to fight them. During the war, Britain relied heavily on convoys of cargo ships along their eastern seaboard. The E-boats were unleashed on these convoys during some ferocious night actions.…

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Book Review: The Hunters and the Hunted

By Bryan Perrett Pen and Sword Books Pages: 150 ISBN: 9781848846388 Published: 31st August 2012 I was really looking forward to this book, which covers the early part of the First World War, arguably one of the most profound part of history and its impact on later world events. Unfortunately, this book read like a first draft with numerous sentences and paragraphs which made little or no sense. The author’s knowledge of naval history must be called into question. For example, author Perrett refers to “commanders” of British cruisers. At…

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Book Review: The Naval Flank of the Western Front

By Mark Karau Seaforth Publishing Pages: 276 ISBN: 9781848322318 Published: 10th February 2015 In 1914, Germany occupied the Belgian ports of Ostend, Zeebrugge and Brugges as part of the Schlieffen Plan, the invasion of France through Belgium. With these ports closer to England than Germany, Marinekorps Flanders was formed. This would eventually include a naval air station, flotillas of naval vessels and coastal fortifications. The flotillas comprised submarines and torpedo boats. A harbinger of the Second World War were the construction of concrete submarine pens for protection of air attack.…

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