Kriegsmarine Coastal Forces
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Kriegsmarine Coastal Forces by Gordon Williamson
Book DescriptionDespite the popularity of the U-boats and larger surface vessels like the Bismarck and the Graf Spee, the vast majority of vessels within the Kriegsmarine served in the coastal forces. Although less frequently mentioned, these smaller ships gave crucial service during the war and continued to serve decades after VE day, either in the German Navy or in the navies of the victorious Allies. Indeed, Kriegsmarine minesweepers and their German crews, still in their old uniforms with the swastikas simply removed, continued to serve after 1945 under the control of the Royal Navy, engaged in the dangerous but necessary task of clearing old wartime minefields.The ships and boats included in the coastal forces ranged from such minesweepers to torpedo boats, patrol boats and blockade breakers. These latter were merchant vessels, whose daunting task was to evade the Allied warships to bring essential supplies into Germany. Also included in the coastal forces was Hitler's personal yacht, the Ostwind. This book tells the often-forgotten story of the vessels that formed the backbone of the Kriegsmarine, and combines fascinating anecdotes, detailed technical information, and full-color artwork.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781846033315
(248mm x 184mm x 8mm)
Imprint: Osprey Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 9-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Originally published: Osceola, WI: Motorbooks International, 1995 as SS: the blood-soaked soil, the battles of the Waffen-SS, by Gordon Williamson.
Hans Sturm, Hardback (March 2015)
The story of a brave and successful German soldier on the Eastern Front in the Second World War
Kettenhund!, Hardback (September 2014)» View all books by Gordon Williamson
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Author Biography - Gordon Williamson
Gordon Williamson was born in 1951 and currently works for the Scottish Land Register. He spent seven years with the Military Police TA and has published a number of books and articles on the decorations of the Third Reich and their recipients. He is the author of a number of World War II titles for Osprey. The author lives in Edinburgh.
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