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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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,056,143 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 500 REVIEWER on May 13, 2007
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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wolf on October 6, 2010
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A work in keeping with Mr. Paterson's standards: detailed, accurate and well-written. He does a very thorough job of handling the topic. The book even includes the German submarine experience during the Spanish Civil War, which goes to prove the author's attention to detail (but make no mistakes, the focus is on late 1941 and 1942). This book is simply priceless, whether you're interested in the German submarine arm or the North African theater as a whole.
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