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E-boats, a British designation using the letter E for Enemy, were primarily used by Germany during WWII to patrol the Baltic Sea and the English Channel in order to intercept shipping heading for the English ports in the south and east.  As such, they were up against Royal Navy and Commonwealth Motor Gun Boats (MGBs), Motor Torpedo Boats (MTBs), Motor Launches, frigates and destroyers.

Before the beginning of World War II the Friedrich Lurssen shipyard, in Vegesack, Germany, carried out much pioneering work and developed a fast, seaworthy speedboat under the guise of pleasure craft that were capable of top speed even in heavy seas, these boats had great maneuverability and the torpedo boats that came from these developments were so successful that they were built until the end of the war without major modifications.

The S-100 class was the most popular among Schenellboot (meaning "fast boat" in German), They were very seaworthy, heavily armed, and fast – capable of sustaining 43.5 knots (80.6 km/h or 50.1 mph) and briefly accelerating to 48 knots (89 km/h; 55 mph).  They were much sleeker than any of the Allied PT / MTB Boats and unlike most allied boats was not based on a planing hull design but was rather a deeper round bottom design, more suitable for heavy sea's. 

These craft were 114'10"  (35 meters) long.  Their
three Daimler-Benz MB 511-V 2500 hp diesel engine propulsion had substantially longer range (700 nautical miles) than the gasoline-fueled American PT boat and the generally similar British Motor Torpedo Boat (MTB).  Emerged from the North Sea mist, launched their torpedo's and disappeared just as quickly, S-100 were sometimes called the "Greyhounds of the Sea". 

During World War II, E-boats sank 12 destroyers, one submarine, 11 minesweepers, a minelayer, eight landing ships, a torpedo boat, six MTBs.   They also downed 101 merchant ships, totaling 214,728 tons and damaged two cruisers, five destroyers, three landing ships, a repair ship, a naval tug and numerous merchant vessels.   Sea mines laid by the E-boats were responsible for the loss of 37 merchant ships totaling 148,535 tons, a destroyer, two minesweepers and four landing ships.

In recognition of their service, the members of E-boat crews were awarded 23 Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and 112 German Cross in Gold.

In August of 1945, future US president John F. Kennedy visited defeated Germany with US Navy Secretary James Forrestal. As a former PT boat captain, he was naturally interested in the German counterpart so he made a point of carefully inspecting an "E-Boat" at Bremen.  Kennedy's diary records his conclusion: the Schnellboot was "far superior to our PT boat."


This S-100 German torpedo boat model features:

- Superior hollow hull construction (very important), weighing less than 5 lbs  (A solid hull of this model would be over 20 lbs which feels like a heavy toy rather than an art piece.)

- Scratch built, with over 95% of parts are wood and metal

- Weathered appearance to portray realism: A tough torpedo boat, not a shiny toy.  

 40" (1 meter) long     $2,700    S & H is $90