World: Hit & Run

One murky morning last week a British patrol surprised a pack of German E-boats in the English Channel. The swift little E-boats ran for safety: from the guns of the careening British, shells pursued them. Two E-boats were blown to bits. It was the start of a running fight which the British fought with E-boats for two days.

Besides their torpedoes, fired from deck tubes, German E-boats carry anti-aircraft cannon, machine guns and depth charges. They cannot hide as submarines can, but they can run. They are cheaper and quicker to build than submarines, and they are fine for hit-&-run raids...

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