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U-Boats in the Mediterranean, 1941-1944 Hardcover – April 20, 2007

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press; 1st edition (April 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591148936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591148937
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,887,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bjorn Hansson on May 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Lawrence Paterson is a solid rock when it comes to u-boats - no doubt about it. This book details the uboat operations in the Med and does so very well. There are tons of interesting stuff in here and the book is easy to read.
The thing I felt was missing was a more thorough analysis, some more elaborate conclusions to put the uboats in a more strategic context. Mr. Paterson no doubt has the knowledge and literary framwork upon which to base such an analysis, but alas he chose(?) not to include it.

Still, I warmly recommend this book to anyone interested in uboats and/or WW2 in the Mediterranean.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ned Middleton TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a most useful addition to this publisher's lists which I found to be a particularly interesting and fascinating read.

Though much larger than, say, the Red Sea, in many ways the Mediterranean was, from a U Boat perspective, like operating within a restricted body of water. Whilst getting supplies to the all-important strategic island of Malta was always a problem, it remained a case of the Royal Navy ruling the seas and Axis Air Forces ruling most of the air-space throughout the larger part of WW2. It was against this back-drop that U Boats operated under some pretty daunting circumstances.

Whilst it may be universally recognised that the German Luftwaffe became well trained in the art of aerial combat during the Spanish Civil War, the fact that German U Boats were also seconded to the Franco cause is less well known and, it is here, that the author begins his appraisal of the subject. As with each element of Germany's forces throughout WW2, there are times of success before times of retreat and, of course eventual defeat altogether. This book follows the fortunes of those U Boats serving throughout the Mediterranean during those same times - right up to the retreat from France and finally the retreat from Greece.

Written in an "as it happened" style - and very well written at that, I was surprised to find an author who had studied the U Boat (and previously written other books on the subject) and who had not discovered the hyphen to be an invention of the English speaking world and does not appear in German accounts. Thus U-81 should be written as either U 81 or U81. Small point perhaps but, as I discovered in Düsseldorf quite recently, one that really irks German historians.
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Format: Hardcover
The operational record of Hitler's U-Boats in the Med is nicely detailed in Lawrence Paterson's U-BOATS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN, 1941-1944. Having litttle knowledge of the subject, I found this 2007 Chatham Publishing release an informative and compelling read.

German U-boats first appeared and saw action in the Spanish Civil war. Once war broke out in 1939, the grey wolves were committed to action in the Med despite Doenitz's wishes to the contrary. Operating from various bases, they scored a number of successes including aircraft carriers such as HMS Ark Royal, battleships like HMS Barham and countless merchantmen. Losses were partially replaced, again Hitler's doing but the Straits of Gibraltar passage often proved a death-trap for incoming reinforcements. March 1943 was probably the pinnacle of success for Med U-boats. Though sinkings continued till war's end, the U-boats were clearly fighting a losing battle.

Paterson does a marvelous job of bringing the Med U-boat war to life. The book benefits from in-depth research and all the battles are thoroughly described, often-times using actual combat reports. The politics and personalities of the conflict are also well-covered. I would have liked more photographs and more analysis of the strategical impact of the U-boats in the Med but that's just me.

Paterson's book should appeal to U-boat enthusiasts. It sheds a wonderfully-detailed and exciting light on a little-known segment of the World War II U-boat story. Recommended.
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