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Auxiliary minesweepers (Sperrbrechers) of the Kriegsmarine Germany 1939 – 1945

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Remembering the horrors of the mined blockade of Germany in the First World War, the leadership of the German fleet on the eve of the new world war began to develop a plan for the conversion of mercantile transport vessels into auxiliary minesweepers (sperrbrecher). Preference was given to a diesel-powered ships. During the conversion, it was planned to strengthen the ship's hull, increase unsinkability, install weapons, and equip it with the necessary equipment to destroy all types of sea mines using the "self-blasting" method.
In this reference book, the reader will get acquainted with the auxiliary minesweepers of the German fleet of the Second World War. A brief technical description, combat career, fate and illustrations are given for each ship. The reference data on 112 ships, more than 140 black-and-white photographs of ships from the author’s personal archive are posted.
This book gives a complete picture of the auxiliary minesweepers of the German fleet, it will be interesting for both experts and amateurs of military history and will take its rightful place in the collection of books on naval history.

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January 27, 2020
This title was added to our catalog on January 27, 2020.
Vyacheslav Batalov
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