German U-Boat Commanders of World War II: A Biographical Dictionary Hardcover – April 1, 1999
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- Item Weight : 2.35 pounds
- Hardcover : 301 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1557501866
- ISBN-13 : 978-1557501868
- Dimensions : 7.75 x 1.25 x 10.25 inches
- Publisher : Naval Inst Pr (April 1, 1999)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,325,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It lists the names from A TO Z. in this book are-1,411 commanders
(no ,i am not making this up!) Each entry contains:dates of birth,place of birth,"class of",
officer/uboat training(where/when),cdr of(uboat#),sea going appointments (plus dates),
decorations,captivity (plus dates) or lost at sea (date).
The middle of the book contains 96 black and white photos of various commanders.
The index in back of book,contains ALL uboats from "U1' to "4719" and it's commander(s).
What the book DOES NOT contain is,POST WAR dates of death. This info must be found
I have only given it four stars because,it seems quite an expensive book and the authors
could have at least, tried to have a photo for EACH commander although,I am sure it would
have been a monumental task to have found photographs of them all.
Includes all relevant information, including U-Boot Class, posthumous promotions, birthplace, and in many cases, co-ordinates where last located.
In many cases, U-Boat commanders were enthusiastic young men, only to age quickly during command and the least political of officers in the several services. Anyone wishing to pursue study of any particular commander should begin here.
Excellent cross-referencing by name and submarine, including multiple commanders. Interestingly, U-96, the subject of Das Boot, the film documenting the wartime expoits of a Type VII-C, had four commanders--a rather unusual high.
Due to abbreviations, knowledge of German would be helpful...refer to the German Military Dictionary published by the U.S. Armed Forces for assistance. The losses are, of course, staggering.
Top reviews from other countries
Truly a must for any budding U-Boat researcher/enthusiast.