E-boats (German: Schnellboot) was the designation for fast attack craft of the Kriegsmarine (Nazi Germanys Navy) during World War II. It is commonly held that the British used the term E for Enemy. The E-boat was a very fast vessel, able to cruise at 40 or 50 knots, and its wooden hull meant it could cross magnetic minefields unharmed.
It was better suited to the open sea and had substantially longer range (approximately 700 nautical miles) than the American PT boat and the British Motor Torpedo Boat (MTB). As a result, the Royal Navy later developed better matched versions of MTBs using the Fairmile 'D' hull design.
An E-Boat variant, the Type 38 is a vehicle featured in Battlefield 1942.