Recommended reading on the U-Boats

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Re: Recommended reading on the U-Boats

Postby alvis48 » 02 May 2016 19:00

I have an interesting propaganda magazine called "Wölfe der Meere" from 1942. It contains interesting photographs and articles about successes up to that date.

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Re: Recommended reading on the U-Boats

Postby De Havilland » 12 May 2016 09:02

Definitely 'Iron Coffins' by Herbert Werner.

'Hirschfeld' by Wolfgang Hirschfeld is also good.

As a general reference book I recommend 'Wolfpack' by Phillip Caplan and Jack Currie. Very good detail and excellent photographs.

An alternative is 'Unbroken' by Alastair Mars which is a great little memoir of a Royal Navy submarine captain operating in the Mediterranean.

My copy is an original from the 1950's!

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Re: Recommended reading on the U-Boats

Postby Stug50 » 03 Aug 2016 19:28

I have plenty of U-Boat Books, but the one that I enjoyed the most was 'U-Boat 977' The U-Boat That escaped to Argentina. Written by its Captain 'Heinz Schaeffer'. Brilliant book and if nothing else, it will let you know what life on a U-Boat was really like. Its also a great book if you are a bit of a conspiracy theorist.

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Re: Recommended reading on the U-Boats

Postby Stug50 » 03 Aug 2016 19:39

I would highly recommend:


Kriegsmarine U-Boats..1939-1945.. Submarine Identification Guide. Chris Bishop
Wolf Pack..The U Boats at War...B. Carruthers
U-Boat Aces....G Jones
U-Boats Destroyed...Paul kemp
Wolf Pack...Gordon Williamson, Printed by Osprey
WOLFPACK..U-Boats at War 1939-1945...P.Kaplan & J Currie.

There are more as suggested by others but these are a few of my favourites.

If you are new to the U-Boat subject, I would take a look at this: http://uboat.net/

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Re: Recommended reading on the U-Boats

Postby kenpat » 17 Feb 2017 07:43

German U-boat Commanders of WW11
A biographical Dictionary
By
Rainer Busch-Joachim Roll
(Anapolis Md. Naval Institute Press, London. Greenhill Books.)
To quote the translators note:"This is a biographical dictionary of the 1,411 officers of the German Kriegsmarine known to have commanded a U-boat between 28 June 1935, when U1 was commissioned with due ceremony at Kiel by Klaus Ewerth and August 1945 when Heinz Schaffer finally decided to surrender U 977 to Argentina."

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Re: Recommended reading on the U-Boats

Postby jopower » 16 Jul 2017 12:20

Anyone out there recommend books and info on the advanced U-Boats, like the Type XXI, that were just entering service at the end of WW2?

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Re: Recommended reading on the U-Boats

Postby lionfish » 16 Jul 2017 15:33

Hello,

" Vom Original zum Modell: Uboottyp XXI " Marine-Rundschau Fritz Köhl Bernard&Graefe Verlag ISBN 3-7637-6000-8

" U 2540 Das U-Boot beim Deutschen Schiffahrtsmuseum in Bremerhaven " Eckard Wetzel Der legendäre deutsche U-Boottyp XXI ISBN-Nr. 3-9802065-0-5

I hope i'd give you a good help.
Best regards,
Lionfish.

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Re: Recommended reading on the U-Boats

Postby JustinG » 19 Jul 2017 04:30

After looking at the many recommendations by many others and now probably having a reading list for the next year chosen, I would like to include a book that wasn't listed.

"Ultra Versus Uboats: Enigma Decrypts in the National Archives" By Roy Conyers Nesbit ISBN 978 1 84415 786 0

It is interesting to see the original decription messages as received my naval command. It is a good resource and a good read as well.


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Re: Recommended reading on the U-Boats

Postby RandJS » 24 Jul 2017 00:52

Hi,
"The U-Boat, The evolution and technical history of German submarines" Eberhard Rossler, Naval Institute Press ISBN 0-87021-966-9.

"The Type XXI U-Boat" Fritz Kohl and Eberhard Rossler, Naval Institute Press ISBN 1-55750-829-1.

Enjoy!
Rand

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Re: Recommended reading on the U-Boats

Postby jopower » 13 Aug 2017 12:10

Thank you! Going further, what post-WW2 navies got the XXI's or their plans? What classes are direct-indirect descendants of the XXI's? I'm sure USA and UK got this but don't know much beyond that as to the possibly wide linage they spawned.

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Re: Recommended reading on the U-Boats

Postby snozzer » 29 Dec 2017 03:42

Definitely 'Iron Coffins' by Herbert Werner.
I totally agree! In my county (Slovakia) is hard to get that book :)

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Re: Recommended reading on the U-Boats

Postby colt45 » 30 Dec 2017 14:15

My Friend Willie Brech said he would work 15 hrs. and have to sing for 1 hr, the bunk was full , he would lay on the steel floor to sleep even if it was bouncing, fumes were bad and food rotted after 2nd day out, they kept us busy, never saw sun light... dept charge made us cry,,, I joined because of the black uniforms in the parade, but sorry after that


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