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  • Series: New Vanguard (Book 51)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; First Edition edition (May 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841763632
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841763637
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The unrivalled illustrated reference on fighting vehicles, transport and artillery through the ages. Each volume is illustrated throughout, making these books uniquely accessible to history enthusiasts of all ages.

About the Author

Gordon Williamson was born in 1951 and currently works for the Scottish Land Register. He spent seven years with the military Police TA and has published a number of books and articles on the decorations of the Third Reich and their winners. He is author of a number of World War II titles for Osprey.

Customer Reviews

This is a very basic primer.
Joe Garrett
If its an "Osprey" publication, get a good look at it before you buy and make sure its not part of one of their "series" ploys first.
J. D. Lashley
There are some illustrations of different versions of conning towers, but they're too small.
Johannes Felten

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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Johannes Felten on February 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
Oh, well, I made the mistake of not having read the first two reviews otherwise I could have saved myself a few $$$.

The first two reviews are accurate and there's really not much to add here, but I will emphasize a couple of aspects. It seems to me that to address the complexity of the U-boat force in two short pamphlets is quite inadequate and even insulting for the serious reader. I only have the first one and it's 48 pages short. There can be no justification whatsoever to split this subject up into two seperate "volumes" unless each one were a few hundred pages long.

I don't find the illustrations particularly good either. There is a double page illustration of the inside of a U-boat but it's not very detailed, too small, and a little dark. There are also full-page sized comic book style illustrations which may be nice but don't convey any information at all. There are some illustrations of different versions of conning towers, but they're too small.

The written information is, however, well conveyed, but there's just too little of it.

To me the whole thing seems to be more like a popular booklet for junior high school kids who show some interest in the subject.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Joe Garrett on June 13, 2004
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This is a very basic primer.
Of little use to anyone who is interested in U- boats. There are many other books that are more interesting, have more facts and more pictures and illustrations.
I read the entire book in a couple of hours.
Some of the pictures were interesting but hardly worth the price of the book.
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32 of 42 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Lashley on November 11, 2004
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If you want to learn about U-Boats pass this one up. What you end up with is a cleverly marketed first half of a small booklet. I was enfuriated to see that I have to buy the second volume just to end up with what is a 100 plus page pamphlet on U-Boats for twenty five dollars all told after purchase.

Osprey does well in presenting targeted overviews of certain subjects but they are starting to carry this marketing strategy to an extreme. I have seen enough of this now with other Osprey titles that I have this advice for would be book buyers: If it says NEW VANGUARD somewhere on the cover...pass on it. If its an "Osprey" publication, get a good look at it before you buy and make sure its not part of one of their "series" ploys first.
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Following the standard New Vanguard format, Osprey's U-Boats vol. 1 book is a solid but slim introduction to the subject. It is a good book if you want just a taste of U-boat operational history and specifications, but folks who have more than an average knowledge of the subject will find the book wanting, with its short format (48pp.) inadequate to cover the details.

Ian Baxter's computer 3-D illustrations are good for the side-view diagrams of the boats themselves, but as other readers have pointed out, the pictures of the conning towers are too small to be useful. There are a couple canvas-type images of U-boats in action, but the 3D format makes the ocean look like plastic and the figures stiff and not lifelike.

Gordon Williamson is a prolific writer of Third Reich military history but not necessarily a U-boat expert, per se.

Overall, it's a book that struggles depicting such a complex subject in such a slim format.
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