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U-Boats: The Illustrated History of the Raiders of the Deep Hardcover – May, 2000

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Brassey's Inc; 1st edition (May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574882465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574882469
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,363,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By R. Beier on May 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book really surprised me. I actually bought it on in impulse with a gift certificate I had received for my birthday. I had seen "Das Boot" and "U-571" and since my interest was peaked by these movies, I thought I should buy a book about U-Boats to get the full story of their role in WWI and WWII.

This book did not disappoint! It is simply incredible considering how much information is between the covers as well as how many striking photographs are contained in this book. One could almost consider it an Encyclopedia on U-Boats. This book describes the full history of Deutschlands Unterseeboot Programe as well as a detailed history and explination of each type of boat. It also has a table listing every U-Boat made and a brief history about each ship. This book also does a fantastic job explaining the role of these vessels in WWII (and to a lesser extent, WWI). I can imagine with "U-571" in theaters and "Das Boot" on DVD, U-Boat interest has increased. I would suggest to anybody interested in U-Boats because of these movies or for any other reason to look no futher. "U-Boats : The Illustrated History of the Raiders of the Deep" is probably the best book presently available on this subject.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Many Books on subjects like U-boats go in and out of print and are sometimes even collectors items! If this book ever goes out of print (which I hope it wont) it will be in the same category as U-boats under the Swatstika by j.p. Mallmann Showell, and U-boat War by Luthar Gunther Buchheim. This is a wonderful book for anyone that loves U-boats and their operations and likewise for the person who just 'thinks' they are interested! So if you think you have a little interest in U-boats get this book!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bill King on March 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As its inside cover states, this oversized book is full of maps, technical drawings, tables, rare photos, and stories. So you see its more than just an informative factual textbook, it is also an easy to enjoy coffee table book, nicely bound on good paper (Brasseys Hardback ISBN: 1574882465).
One large table over many pages lists very nearly every U-Boat number and its type, builder, commisioned date, and its ultimate eding: fate, date, final captain, place, means, dead, and saved, e.g.
U-1229; Type IXC/40; built by Duetche; commisioned January 13,1944; Sunk; on August 20, 1944; Captained by Zinke, A; at SE of Newfoundland; by USN aircfaft: VC-42 (Bogue); 18 dead; ? # Saved.
More text than anything else, but also there's always some sort of graphics on every page, well maybe not at the index :)
If you need only one volume on U-Boats this might be the very best choice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John L. Velonis on March 17, 2008
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The book is heavily illustrated, with photographs or diagrams on nearly every page; there are many tables of technical and operational data. However, it is also very readable, filled with odd anecdotes, for example, poor Kapitanleutnant Rolf Mutzelberg, commanding U-203 south of the Azores, who decided to join his crew bathing in the ocean (U-boats got pretty smelly after weeks at sea), but "totally misjudged his dive off the bridge, hit the saddle-tank head first, broke his neck and died."

The book (like Gaul) is divided into three parts. Part 1 summarizes U-boat operations during the First World War and the interwar period.

Part 2 describes the various types of U-boats, from the early Type IA to the advanced Type XXI and XXVI, which served as the basis for several postwar US and Soviet submarine designs. I found the details of the construction program of the Type XXI surprisingly interesting -- it was built in sections at various steelworks. The sections were transported by canal and river to shipyards for assembly. Welding two sections together took about 8 hours, and in order to ensure a continuous weld, the workers could not stop even for bad weather or air raids.

Part 2 continues with descriptions of the torpedoes (some of which were programmed to follow patterns, while others used acoustic homing devices), mines, guns, and even rockets which the U-boats carried. Radar, sonar, electronic warfare, and the Enigma machine are treated next, followed by engines.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Acute Observer on August 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
U-boats, David Miller

David Miller was editor of Jane's "Major Surface Warships" and a former British officer. He wrote more than thirty books on warfare. This book tells about the U-boats of the German Navy in WW II: their tactics, technology, and torpedoes that preyed upon Allied warships and merchantmen in order to sink the supplies that kept Great Britain alive in the war. U-boats operated against the Allies in almost all the world's oceans from the first to the last day of the war. The "Ubootwaffe" brought the war to Canada and the United States.

`Part One' covers the beginnings. The Imperial German Navy was the last of the major navies to build submarines. They operated in the North Sea and the North Atlantic mostly, but also in the Mediterranean. Imperial Germany turned to unrestricted warfare to win the war. This brought America into the war, the use of convoys protected by armed escorts reduced sinking. Anti-Submarine warfare used ramming, gunfire, and minefields. Electronic warfare played a significant part (p.13). The Reichsmarine planned for the next war (p.16).

`Part Two' documents the U-boats of WW II, their weapons and equipment. Increased defense capabilities caused problems (p.34). The schnorchel and the streamlined hull were two innovations (pp.60-61). Modular construction improved production by reducing man-hours by a third (p.62). These improvements were countered by shortages of material and labor, transportation problems, air attacks, and design problems (p.66). Post-production problems were found (p.68). The Type XXI was the best but came late in the war (p.69). The Type XXIII coastal U-boar was an improved design but had limitations (p.71).
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