U-Boat Warby Kutta, Timothy J.
1998, Squadron/Signal Publications
Paperback, 64 pages
A general overview of the U-boat war plagued by many silly mistakes. See review.
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We normally do not flip through a certain book cover to cover looking for mistakes.
|13||13:Central photo of a WWI german u-boat is presented as U-35 a type VIIA U-Boat 14:U-81 in the photo is presented U-8 29:Again a illustration of a strange german u-boat is presented as U-35 "a type VIIA U-boat" Backcover: U505 appears in the illustration with her number painted in the conning tower. Maybe correct but the caption reads: "(Above)U-505 a type VIIC(sic) U-boat,cruises on the surface shortly BEFORE her capture..."||13:no comments 14:no comments 29:the hull is of a type VIIA u-boat, but the conning tower is of a WWI german u-boat Backcover: a)U505 was type IXC b)no u-boats had her number painted in during wartime. After captured the americans painted her number in the conning tower.|
|15||U-29 sank the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous on 17 Sept, 1940.||But in reality this was one year earlier, 17 Sept, 1939.|
|16||Caption text: ".. U-102 left Lorient on its last patrol ..."||This was in fact her only patrol.|
|23||"the crew of U-116, a Type IXB boat ...".||She was of course a type XB, a very different boat.|
|30||U-751 is said be a "type VIIIC boat".||She was of type VIIC.|
|33||U-103 is said to have been lost in January 1944.||See her real fate here.|
|33||U-40 "survived 67 months of active service before being lost in October 1944".||She was lost after roughly one-month of active combat on 13 Oct, 1939.|
|34||U-172 is shown using its 88mm deck gun.||Her real deck gun was of course 105mm.|
|49||U-614 is said to have been blown up in drydock at St. Nazaire on 29 July, 1943.||Check her real fate here.|
|57||Here are numerous references to how the XXI and XXIII Elektro boats joined in on the attack on the British Isles in February 1945. Not only that but U-2511 under Korvkpt. Adalbert Schnee is reported to have "scored well during the patrol sinking 10 merchant ships totalling 45,000 tons".||Only 2 XXI boats left for patrol, both in the last few days of war with no successes scored since they did not reach their operational areas.|
|57||Kutta states that at the end of the war U-boats had sunk no less than 4600 merchant ships for a total of 21 million tons.||If this had been true the U-boats might have won. However, U-boats "only" sank around 2,900 ships with for a total of 14.2 million tons with another 300 ships damaged. The former figure seems to be the total figure of lost shipping to all causes in the war.|
|57||U-2513 is claimed to be a type IXD boat.||She was of course a Type XXI boat.|
|61||U-711 is reported to have attacked the Russian battleship Arkhangelsk (ex. British HMS Royal Sovereign) during the fall of 1941.||This attack occured 3 years later, on 23 August, 1944. U-711 had not even been commissioned during the fall of 1941.|
|66||On the back cover the U-505 is reported to be a type VIIC boat. Not only that but she is seen "before her capture" proudly displaying "U-505" on its conning tower.||She was of course a type IXC - a much bigger boat. And no U-boat in action ever displayed its numbers - for obvious intelligence reasons.|