a torpedo boat is a fast and small warship, which was common from approximately 1880 to 1945. It became end 19. Century considerably by the Britisher John Isaac Thornycroft developed, around the again invented torpedo use toocan. In addition it had the torpedoes relatively close to the opposing battle line to bring and according to fast and agile be, in addition a small silhouette possess, in order to be recognized late and a small goal deliver.
The torpedo boat appeared as the ideal remedy of small powers for those Liners of the large sea powers, since under water appropriate torpedo a devastating effect had and torpedo boats were not by far as expensive and complex in production as large battle ships.
The British navy conceived therefore the torpedo boat destroyer, a ship type, similar speeds howa torpedo boat reached and was just as agile however particularly was equipped with light cannons. The borders between torpedo boat and destroyer smeared gradually, the latters were characterised by a clearly stronger armament with cannons. In the Second World War almost exclusively armed ships proved with torpedoesas a little useful, so that the torpedo boat disappeared; their role took over still smaller vehicles, the speedboats.
- Hans flour: Torpdeoboote and destroyer, publishing house for traffic Berlin
- Siegfried Breyer: German torpedo boats 1925-1945, Podzun Pallas publishing house, ISBN 3-79090-616-6
- Siegfried Breyer: The GermanWar navy 1935 - 1945 VII. The history of the development of the destroyers and torpedo boats., Podzun Pallas publishing house, ISBN 3-79090-425-2
see also: List of ship types