Introduction * Minensuchboote (minesweepers) * Torpedoboote (torpedo boats) - small destroyers armed with two sets of torpedo
tubes and similar to the Allied destroyer escort * Raumboote - trawlers pressed into military service which were literally
"outpost" vessels perfoming a patrol service and giving early warning of the approach of enemy forces * Tenders: "Mothership"
vessels for flotillas of smaller vessels such as E-boats and U-boats * Tankers and auxiliaries - provided crucial refuelling
facilities to U-boats. Most were hunted down and destroyed during the course of the war * Blockage breakers * Miscellaneous
- including former cruise liners acting as troopships. The Wilhelm Gustlov was sunk in the Baltic by a Soviet submarine carrying
thousands of passengers including women and children fleeing the approaching Red Army. It was the greatest single loss of
life in a maritime disaster yet few people have heard of the ship. Also training ships and Hitler's personal yacht, which
was in fact a large steam powered vessel.