E-Boat Alert: Defending the Normandy Invasion Fleet

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Combining newly released top-secret Admiralty reports, rare photographic materials, and extensive interviews with eyewitnesses from three nations, James Tent has produced a comprehensive study of a little-known episode of World War II - the campaign to defend the Normandy invasion fleet from Germany's high-performance motor torpedo boats or Schnellboote, known to the Allies as "E-boats." Besides presenting a detailed account of naval operations at a crucial stage of the war in Europe, this history integrates many...
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Overview

Combining newly released top-secret Admiralty reports, rare photographic materials, and extensive interviews with eyewitnesses from three nations, James Tent has produced a comprehensive study of a little-known episode of World War II - the campaign to defend the Normandy invasion fleet from Germany's high-performance motor torpedo boats or Schnellboote, known to the Allies as "E-boats." Besides presenting a detailed account of naval operations at a crucial stage of the war in Europe, this history integrates many facets of modern warfare: the development of fast coastal craft; the creation of precision bombing units; the interaction of naval, air, and ground forces among both the Allies and the Germans; the harnessing of science and technology to meet changing military needs; and the use of various forms of intelligence - cryptanalysis, prisoner interrogation, photoreconnaissance, and photo-interpretation. While tracing these important technical considerations, the study also examines the human dimension of the forces arrayed against each other. In addition, it offers historical precedents for weapons and warships in which there is now renewed interest, namely, deep-penetration bombs and high-speed coastal combatants.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781557508058
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.23 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Prologue: The Antagonists 1
1 The Lyme Bay Disaster 9
2 Enemy Torpedo Boats 23
3 Wartime Operations to June 1944 45
4 The Admirals Contend 63
5 Bomber Harris Prelude 75
6 Barnes Wallis and the Giant Bomb 88
7 Operation Neptune: Opening Moves 108
8 The Sea Battle, 6-13 June 1944 129
9 Bomber Command Target: E-Boat Pens 146
10 The Witches' Cauldron 164
11 E-Boats' End 183
12 Retreat and Pursuit 205
13 How Serious Was the E-Boat Threat? 216
Epilogue: The Survivors 235
Notes 243
Glossary 263
Selected Bibliography 269
Index 275
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