U-Boats at War
Paperback, 176 pages, no photos, no index, no bibliography
|Pros.||Very readable book covering some of the highlights of the U-boat war|
|Cons.||One serious error (see below); no index|
The book is arranged chronologically in four sections, covering 3 September 1939 to summer 1940; summer 1940 to spring 1942; spring 1942 to March 1943; and spring 1943 to May 1945. Each section begins with a historical overview of that period, then goes on to highlight the experiences of various U-boats active during that time. The result is a useful summary of U-boat warfare in World War II.
Part 2 recounts the stories of U-93 (Korth); U-99's sinking and Kretschmer's capture; U-107 (Hessler); U-124 (Mohr); and U-106 (Rasch). This section also contains the book's only serious error, in that U-107 is referred to as U-106 throughout the chapter on Hessler.
A short introductory chapter gives the reader a taste of what life on a U-boat was like. Written in a clear yet dramatic style, sometimes using the present tense to heighten suspense at critical moments, this is both an excellent read and a valuable historical overview. The author based his work on his own experiences and on interviews with other men of the U-boat force to form a vivid and generally accurate picture of the course of the conflict. The only major flaw (besides the U-106/U-107 confusion noted above) is the lack of an index.
Review written by Tonya Allen.
Published on 7 Feb 2000.
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