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An Illustrated Technical History

The Kriegsmarine's Schnellboot is considered by many authorities to be the best overall torpedo boat of WW2. It was carefully designed to operate and survive in a harsh North Sea combat environment. The foresight and engineering skill in that design is apparent throughout the details described in this online reference. Click on the pictures below to view the topics! Check for periodic updates and additions.

New Edition This website is a proud contributor to the latest and best book on the Schnellboot!
Many previously unpublished photos, plans and superb color plates. Click the picture for more information.

A revised 80 page book from Squadron Signal!

Achtung! Work has begun on Volume 2 "Schnellboot in Action". I am always seeking detail photos of the boats, manuals, parts, memorabilia and information. Your contribution will be recognized in the caption!

Achtung! Band 2 von "Schnellboot in Action" jezt im Vorbereitung. Ich suche staendig Detailaufnahme von Schnellboote! Ihre Hilfe wird anerkannt!

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Summer 2014 A critical look at the Airfix "E-Boat."

Design, Manufacture and Details.


Radar, Radio, Signals & Navigation.


The Men

Colors Camouflage and Markings

Schnellboote in the Spanish Armada
by Alejandro Yanez, Spain.

"Easy Boats" Schnellboote Under the American Flag
Original research by Chip Marshall, USA.

S-130 today
by Maurice Laarman, The Netherlands

The S-97 Restoration Project

Dive on S-57 in the Adriatic
Photos by Thomas Braun & Jaromir Zalis

Plans and Books

Model Gallery