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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