Warship Pictorial #15

By: Steve Wiper
Classic Warships Publishing

Reviewed by John Sheridan

Classic Warships has released the 15th book in its series of Naval Monographs of Warships. Book #15 covers a unique subject; The Kriegsmarine Schnellboote of WWII. 

In this series, an entire class of ships is covered. The book covers all of the Schnellbootes from S-1 built in 1930, through S-709 built in 1944/45.  The book is in the same format of all of the previous books and is 72 pages long. 

The Schnellboote (S-Boot) was a large high speed motor torpedo boot designed for fast hit-and-run missions. Approximately 245 were built for the Kriegsmarine between the years 1930-1945. These boats were fast very powerful boats designed to run in any type of sea condition. These ships carried 2 torpedo tubes with 1 reload for each tube. The ships also carried a variety of cannons and machine guns for self defense against air and surface targets.

Classic Warships Publishing has gone to great lengths to create a outstanding  book on this subject. Steve has conducted considerable research in order to find rare  photographs and data on this class of ship. In this book you will find a wealth of photographs, line drawings, and weapons information for the Schnellbootes. Most of the photographs are of good reproduction and are sharp. The centerspread contains information and drawings of camouflage patterns found on some boats. As usual, the first section of the book is devoted to the history of the subject in question and is well written. 

Steve Wiper's Classic Warships books are designed to tell the story of the subject with pictures instead of words. Steve Wiper has become the master of this craft with his series of naval warship books. He is providing a source of information that few of us have access to and giving it to us at a reasonable cost. I would highly recommend this book, or any of Classic Warships publications, to anyone who has a love of ships.

Other Books Published by Classic Warships

Book #1: USS Indianapolis Book #2: USS Minneapolis Book #3: USS Louisville Book #4: USS Texas
Book #5: USS San Francisco Book #6: USN Omaha Class
Light Cruisers
Book #7: USN New Orleans
Class Heavy Cruisers
Book #8: USS Salem
Book #9: USN Yorktown 
Class Aircraft Carriers
Book #10:USN Portland Class
Heavy Cruisers
Book #11: Lexington Class
Aircraft Carriers
Book #12 Benson/Gleaves
Class Destroyers (Due July 2001)
Book #13 IJN Kongo Class
Book #14 USS Wichita
CA-45 (Due July 2001)
Book #15 KM Schnellboote
(Due Fall 2001)
Book #16 USS New Jersey
BB-62 (Due Fall 2001)
Book #17 IJN Myoko Class Heavy Cruisers (Due Winter 2001/2002) Book #18 Arleigh Burke Class DDs (Due Winter 2001/2002) Book #19: TBA Book #20: TBA
Book #21: KM Prinz Eugen
Due Summer 2002
Book #22: TBA Book #23: TBA Book #24:  USN Essex
Class CVs Vol 1
Due Summer 2002