?In a well-knit sequence of thoughtful chapters, Rust traces his subjects from their early apprenticeship to the navy through their often sterling wartime careers. He examines their human responses to the grim realities of war, ponders their readjustment during the often desperate years of Germany's reconstruction, and analyzes their current reflections on Germany's past and present. What makes the study particularly valuable is the author's care in setting his data in the correct historical and personal context.?-THE AMERICAN NEPTUNE
This book is a collective biography, based largely on personal interviews and correspondence, of 318 men who joined the German Navy in 1934 to become professional officers.