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Silent Hunters: German U-Boat Commanders of World War II Hardcover – October 21, 1997

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (October 21, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1882810171
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882810178
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,321,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I graduated from The University of Iowa College of Law in 1986 (With Distinction), and practiced law in Silicon Valley for twelve years. After co-founding Savas Woodbury Publishers (with David Woodbury, subsequently Savas Publishing Company) in 1990, I sold the company in 2001.

I have been teaching legal and business college classes since 1992. In addition to having ghost-written dozens of books, I have authored, co-authored, or edited fourteen others (published in five languages), including "Silent Hunters: German U-boat Commanders of World War II" (Campbell, 1997; Naval Institute Press, 2003), "The Red River Campaign" (Parabellum, 2005) and "A Guide to the Battles of the American Revolution" (Spellmount, UK, 2006). I can be reached at: teds@savasbeatie.com

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Smith on October 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
An excellent book that shows us the sides of U-Boat commanders other than Prien, Schepke and Kretschmer. These guys were not as well known as Wolfgang Luth or Erich Topp, but they definitely made their marks during their service.
Silent Hunters is an appropriate title for the book in more ways than one. The U-Boats were silent hunters, and these commanders were more silent, not grabbing the headlines as much as those listed above.
The gripping account of U-615's struggle is amazing as Kapitsky struggles to save himself and his crew.
Relive Guggenheimer's victory in the Mediterranean as he sinks the British carrier Ark Royal just a few weeks after the carrier had helped to sink the Bismarck.
Relive the trial of Commander Eck, the only U-Boat captain to be executed for a war crime.
Informational reading that many people may not know about. I love researching U-Boats, and this book gave me more details. A nice addition to my growing archive!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ned Middleton on September 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
When reviewing a book about U-Boats some weeks ago, I automatically thought of (and mentioned) Gunther Prien and Otto Kretschmer. There were, of course, many other U-Boat commanders far to numerous to mention here and, for different people with an interest in this particular aspect of WW2, those and other names will come readily to mind.

This book is about six very different U-Boat commanders and each account is written by a different author. Apart from Endrass, I had not heard of the others - and I am certain to be admonished for that in some quarters. Each chapter tells the complete story of the subject German officer from start to finish. It includes their lives, their backgrounds and, as the title of the book might suggest, their achievements in battle for each of these men was indeed a silent hunter.

Jurgen Oesten is a holder of the Knight's Cross and a former commander of U-16, U106 and U-861. On the back of this book he has written the words "As a former member of the same trade and based on my own knowledge, I can say that each of the six authors succeeds in presenting an excellent description of the individual personalities of their subjects, building up a memory that is worth keeping."

Some might say this book could be improved by the addition of more historic photographs but I found it contained just the right photograph at the right time.

An excellent read and a book which adds a little extra to one's overall knowledge of the U-Boat campaign of WW2.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
I know the editor, which is why I picked up this book. Silent Hunters taught me more things about lesser-known U-boat commanders and amazing experiences than I have learned elsewhere. Erich Topp's gracefully and poignantly written wartime memoir of his friend and ace Englebert Endrass, once he learned of his death, moved me to tears. Ralph Kapitsky's remarkable long-running battle against airplanes in the Caribbean was a real shocker. The Eck trial and execution was a full expose of victor's justice, though Eck deserved what he got (the trial was flawed). All the chapters are deeply researched, well-written and a real contribution. I look forward to this editor's "Hunt and Kill: U-505 and the U-boat boat War in the Atlantic," which I see Amazon also has listed.
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There has always been something compelling and fascinating in my mind about the U-Boat arm of the respective German Navies in both World Wars. Perhaps it was the stealth involved in the submarines hunting their quarry--or maybe it was the pulse-pounding terror that often occurred in the aftermath of a successful hunt as the hunters became the hunted? Can any one of us really imagine being trapped hundreds of feet below the surface in these 'iron coffins' with depth charges exploding all around? The U-Boat arm was the most dangerous branch of the German military to serve in--this much is certain. 40,000 men served in U-Boats in the Second World War, and 30,000 of these men never returned to port. I have to say in all sincerity that when I picked up my Kindle and began reading the stories contained in this ebook, it was nearly impossible to put down. I believe it is always enjoyable to hear never before told stories for the first time, and this book delivers by giving readers a glimpse into the intriguing lives of several little-known U-Boat commanders. Contained within these pages are several tales of valor, heroism, triumph, tragedy, sorrow, and controversy. The stories were written by several different authors, collected and edited for this volume by Theodore Savas. 'Silent Hunters' begins with a moving eulogy by U-Boat commander Erich Topp dedicated to his friend, fellow U-Boat commander Engelbert Endrass. Topp and Endrass were the best of friends, and Endrass was reported missing in action on December 21,1941. I have seldom read anything as moving or heart rending as Topps' expression of respect, loss, sorrow, and love for his fallen colleague and fellow U-Boat commander.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Theodore N. Barnhartii on January 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The commanders in the book have had little press. The book was well organized and an easy read. You would also find them in Clay Blair's U-Boat Wars.
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