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While the German High Seas Fleet was bottled up in the Baltic Sea and the Norwegian Fjords by the British Home Fleet, their Schnellbootes operated in the English Channel almost with impunity. The... More > "E-Boats" so named by the British were fast and powerful. Triple shafted driven propellers by powerful diesel super-charged engines, 21 inch torpedoes and 20mm and 37mm canons combined with speeds in excess of 40 knots, made them a powerful convoy interdiction weapon in the English Channel. They outclassed the smaller British M.T,Bs and not until the Allies had mastery of air in the latter half of the war and had developed their own answer to the E-Boat; the Fairmile Marine D model "Dog Boat" did the Allies come to grips with them. The E-Boats operated from bases in the Fjords of Norway to the German occupied island of Gurnsey, inflicting crippling losses on English coastal shipping.< Less
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Captain Redford and his faithful bosun, Hoskins began their war before the official declaration when the crew of the stricken German boat, Alfeldt, committed an act of piracy by stealing the boat... More > that rescued them. Things didn’t look good, but this was the catalyst for Redford’s meeting with Jan Radek. When his stolen Heinkel crashed in the sea, his men were rescued by the Nazi sailors in the mistaken assumption that they were saving their own. There I was minding my own business at Dunkirk, when Redford and Hoskins came into my life. Redford decided to involve me in his personal war – and what a war it was – running the gauntlet of E–boats to transport Radek and his team of saboteurs to and from Nazi occupied France. Luck was bound to run out and it did. With our sturdy boat blown away from under us, we were left with no other choice but to go on the run in occupied territory. More than once I wished I was back at Dunkirk – but then I wouldn’t have met Radek’s daring and beautiful sister, Erica.< Less
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The story of Operation 'Cannon' and the German attempt to steal the bronze metal used in making the Victoria Cross, by a two man team of German Parachutists and the escape by E-boat.
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