On 6th January 1944 E-boats of the 5th Flotilla Schellbootwaffe, commanded by Leutenant-Kommander Karl Muller, slipped across the English Channel and lay in wait for the unsuspecting ships and their escorts of convoy WP457.
In this exciting new account, using primary historical sources previously unpublished and personal stories previously untold, author David F Betts unfolds the dramatic story of daring, bravery and heroism of those who took part in the naval battle at Mounts Bay, Cornwall as Germany tried to prevent the build-up to D-Day and the invasion of Europe.
, or S-Boot
, meaning "fast boat" was the description for fast attack craft of the Kriegsmarine during World War II. It is normally held that the British used the term E for Enemy.
The S-boat was a very fast vessel, able to cruise at 40 or 50 knots, and its wooden hull meant it could cross magnetic minefields undamaged. It was better suited to the open sea and had substantially longer range (approximately 700 nautical miles) than the American PT boat and the British Motor Torpedo Boat (MTB).
Convoy WP457 consisted of 12 merchant ships and their armed escorts. Amongst the ships were those carrying LST Landing Craft to the southern ports in preparation for D-Day.
Read how the attack on convoy WP457 preceded the fatal attacks on US Landing Ships at Slapton Sands in Lyme Bay in April 1944.