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Germany's Last Mission to Japan: The Failed Voyage of U-234 Hardcover – March, 2000
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I've only known about this U-Boot and it's mission since 1985, when I met U-234's chief engineer, Lt. Cmdr. Horst Ernst, who is the grandfather of two close friends of mine in Berlin. And since we all have a great historical interest in this period of time, we've tried to follow what has been written about their grandfather's last mission.
I met Horst Ernst in East Berlin in 1985 while visiting his son Uwe's family. I learned about the his story then, but have learned a great deal more since.
The last picture shown in Scalia's book, an annual reunion of the surviving crew members of U-234, was taken a year before I met Lt. Cmdr. Horst Ernst. He was a very kind and friendly man, and had some great stories to tell. And he had fond memories of how kind several American officers and their families had been to him. Even after he was returned to the Russian zone after the war. But that's another story.
This book is definitely worth reading. I would recommend it to anyone interested in this aspect of the WWII era.
I am delighted that this story has been so well wrritten, and that the journey these men took was so well reported in a reliable and historical manner.
JOSEPH MARK SCALIA
NAVAL INSTITUTE PRESS, 2009
QUALITY SOFTCOVER, $18.95, 251 PAGES, PHOTOGRAPHS, APPENDICES, NOTES, BIBLIOGRAPHY
When U-234 slipped out of a Norwegian harbor on her maiden voyage in March, 1945, the submarine carried a precious assortment of armaments and a select group of officials destined for Japan. En route came word that Germany had surrendered, and the boat's commander, Johann Heinrich Fehler, suddenly found himself in a rogue submarine. U-234 wasn't only loaded with the most technically advanced weaponry and electronic detection devices of the era, but also two Japanese naval officers still at war with the Allies who preferred death to surrender. This dramatic account of the fateful voyage offers an intriguing look at the individuals involved. Until now, the legacy of U-234 has centered on her ominous cargo, including 560 kilograms of uranium oxide, the presence of which has been the focus of countless theories and conjecture.
With this book, author Joseph Mark Scalia argues that the submarine's value lies not in her inanimate cargo but in the individuals accompanying the material to Japan. Through exhaustive research into U.S. Navy interrogation records, European and Japanese archives, and interviews with former U-234 crewmembers and other principals, Scalia has produced a fascinating portrait of proud warriors coping with defeat.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Learned new facts about the war, gave me a clearer perspective on the end of the conflict.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book was well written but at times a little dry. It was extremely interesting to read about the interaction between Germany and Japan regarding the exchange of late war... Read morePublished on October 27, 2011 by Michael D. Green
Sadly I didn't enjoy this book as it read like a technical manual vs. a historical story. I was facinated by the topic but couldn't force myself to finish the book. Read morePublished on April 28, 2010 by Brian Izard
If you're a WWII history buff, you'll find a lot to keep your interest here. What happened to the uranium that Germany was shipping to Japan?Published on June 11, 2009 by Tom Gauthier
This book primarily talks about the personal the background, and why they were been sent to Japan. There is a suppliment in the back about what happen to the uranium.Published on November 15, 2007 by Joe Spindler
In a way, there should be two documents. One would be an atricle-length story that focuses on the big picture issues. Read morePublished on July 25, 2006 by Reader 2