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Grey Wolf: U-Boat Crewman of World War II (Warrior) Paperback – October 25, 2001
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Insights into the real lives of history's fighting men, packed with full colour illustrations, highly detailed cutaways, exploded artwork of weaponry and armour, and action-packed battle scenes.
About the Author
Gordon Williamson was born in 1951 and currently works for the Scottish Land Register. He spent seven years with the Military Police TA and has published a number of books and articles on the decorations of the Third Reich and their winners. He is author of several World War II titles for Osprey, but has a special interest in German naval forces, particularly the U-boat fleet.
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I did like reading about the training of the crew members. Also, all German NCOs (non-commissioned officers) went through infantry leadership. That I didn't know and when the book is done it makes sense, it's a leadership thing. Also, I liked the fact that book describes the demographic make up of the German enlisted sailors; they were mostly working class German Lutherans who were mostly not Nazis. Indeed, Hitler lamented that his navy was very Christian and that may have been one of the reasons he lost WWII; they were not mean enough for the job. Contrast this to the American submarines who were absolutely ruthless in the last two years of WWII and - basically - exterminated the merchant marine of Japan.
So, this book does have good information. However, there are lots of plain "history" magazines that have as much information at a fraction of the cost. If you want a great story of a U-boat commander in WWII then read the largely factual "Iron Coffins".
I give this book 2 stars. It's fairly good but not worth the cost.