Larger, faster and more powerful than Allied counterparts, the Schnellboot was perhaps the best motor torpedo boat of WWII. Unlike mass-produced Allied boats, Germany spared no expense in equipping the Schnellboot with the speed, protection, maneuverability and firepower to strike and survive in increasingly hostile seas. Operating under the cover of darkness and using cutting-edge technology, the Schnellboot remained a menace to the last days of WWII, long after all other Kriegsmarine surface combatants had been neutralized. This book is an informative and richly-illustrated technical history of these sleek, powerful vessels, from the first to the final variants. It includes detailed information on weapons, electronics, optics, engines, camouflage, and more. This new edition has been enlarged, corrected and augmented with many new photos, in-depth captions, additional color profiles, and all-new, meticulously-detailed scale drawings. Packed with over 150 photos, 10 color profiles and full-page general arrangement plans for each of the major classes. Illustrated with 158 photographs; 80 pages.