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Type Vii

Author : Marek Krzyształowicz
ISBN : 1848321414
Genre : History
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First conceived in the mid-1930s, the Type VII was still in production in the closing stages of the Second World War a decade later. Subject to continuous improvement through six major variants and with around 650 completed, it was built in larger numbers than any other submarine design in history. It formed the backbone of the Kriegsmarine's campaign against merchant shipping for the whole of the war, and in terms of tonnage sunk was by far the most successful U-boat type. This encyclopaedic work combines a technical description of the type in all its variations with a history of its development and an overview of its most significant operations – especially those convoy battles that were to have a crucial impact on the evolution of the design and its equipment. A particular attraction of the book is the comprehensive visual coverage – photographs of virtually every aspect of design, construction, fittings and shipboard life; highly detailed general arrangement plans and close-up scale drawings; and, with modelmakers in mind, a stunning collection of full-colour three-dimensional illustrations of every external feature and variant of the boats. There have been many books on U-boats – reflecting an enduring public interest – so any new offering has to be special. With its unique concentration of information and illustrative reference, Type VII is unrivalled.

Type Vii

Author : Marek Krzysztalowicz
ISBN : 1591148693
Genre : History
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First conceived in the mid-1930s, the Type VII submarine was still in production at the end of World War II. Subject to continuous improvement through six major variants and with around 650 completed, it was built in larger numbers than any other submarine design in history and formed the backbone of the Kriegsmarine's U-boat campaign. The book offers comprehensive visual coverage, including full color three dimensional illustrations of every external feature and variant. With its unique concentration of information and illustrative reference, Type VII is unrivaled.

U 48

Author : Franz Kurowski
ISBN : 1848326068
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Following the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, Germany was not permitted to build or operate submarines. However clandestine training onboard Finnish and Spanish submarines took place and U-boats were still built to German designs in Dutch yards. At the outset of the Second World War, Dönitz argued for a 300-strong U-boat fleet, since his force of 57 U-boats 'could only inflict pin-pricks against British seaborne trade'. In August 1939, U-48 left Germany, commanded by 'Vaddi' Schultze, to take up a waiting position around England. It scored its first success on 5 September, when it torpedoed the British freighter Royal Sceptre, then the Winkleigh on 8 September. On both occasions – the first of many – Schultze showed himself to be a notable humanitarian: he addressed signals to Churchill giving positions of the sinkings so that crews could be saved. By 1 August 1941, U-48, the most successful boat of the Second World War, had sunk 56 merchant ships of 322,478 gross tons and one corvette. She was then transferred to the Baltic as a training boat. Schultze became commander of operation 3 U-Flotilla and later was appointed commander, II/Naval College Schleswig. He died in 1987 at the age of 78. U-48 was scuttled on 3 May 1945.

U Boat Attack Logs

Author : Daniel Morgan
ISBN : 9781848321182
Genre : History
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During the Second World War over 250 Allied warships from a dozen navies were sent to the bottom by German U-boats. This ground-breaking study provides a detailed analysis of every sinking for which source material survives from both the Allied and the German sides, resulting in detailed treatment of the fate of 110 vessels, with the remainder summarised in an extensive appendix. Uniquely, each entry is built around a specialist translation of the relevant segment of the war diary (log) of the U-boat in question, taken directly from the surviving originals – remarkably, this represents the first large-scale publication of the U-boat war diaries in any language. The book offers a wealth of new information, not only with respect to the circumstances of the sinkings from both the Allied and German perspectives, but also to the technical environment in which they lived as well as the fate of the crews. The entries include background details on the vessels concerned and the men involved, with a selection of rare and carefully chosen photos from archives and collections around the world. Each entry is itself a compelling narrative, but is backed with a list of sources consulted, including documents, published works and websites. A decade in the making, this is probably the most important book on the U-boat war to be published for many a year

Iron Coffins

Author : Herbert A. Werner
ISBN : 030681160X
Genre : History
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"With Werner we sweat out attacks in the foul air of the U-Boat, cringing with him at every bomb."--New York Times

World War Ii At Sea An Encyclopedia 2 Volumes

Author : Spencer C. Tucker
ISBN : 9781598844580
Genre : History
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The war at sea was a key aspect of World War II, one that is too-often under-studied. This comprehensive encyclopedia shares current understandings of the struggle to control the seas during that conflict—and it opens our eyes to the reasons sea power continues to be of critical importance today. • More than 450 A–Z entries • A comprehensive chronology • Numerous illustrations of individuals, weapons, and battles • Maps • A glossary of naval terms • A comprehensive bibliography, plus cross-references and suggestions for further reading at the end of each entry

German U Boat Commanders Of World War Ii

Author : Rainer Busch
ISBN : UOM:39015047574465
Genre : Reference
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Details the service records of some 1,400 officers of the German Kriegsmarine known to have commanded a U-boat between the commissioning of U-1 in June 1935, and the final surrender of U-977 to Argentina in August 1945.

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