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Hitler's Gray Wolves: U-Boats in the Indian Ocean Hardcover – Illustrated, May 16, 2017
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- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1510717765
- ISBN-13 : 978-1510717763
- Dimensions : 6.75 x 1.25 x 10 inches
- Publisher : Carrel Books; Illustrated edition (May 16, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,474,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Germans started sending U-boats around the southern tip of Africa into the Indian Ocean in 1943 and continued to do so (or at least attempt to) right up to the last days of the Third Reich. Just reaching the Indian Ocean was a demanding task for most U-boats as they had to avoid ever-increasing Allied air and naval forces, not to mention carefully monitor their fuel levels. Mid-ocean re-fueling was a necessity for many boats and added another level of stress into what was becoming by this point an almost suicidal job. Almost all of the U-boats which attempted to make the run from Europe to Japanese-controlled bases in Malaysia, Indonesia and/or Singapore carried a variety of supplies and goods for exchange, along with passengers of various import. The same is true of the boats returning to Europe--they were crammed with raw materials and vital substances for the Third Reich in almost every available inch of space. Plus, they were still tasked with carrying out attacks on Allied shipping as well.
The author has done a really good job of documenting all of the various missions undertaken by the U-boats, as well as their successes and oftentimes, demise. There is a really nice amount of information about life at Pacific bases such as Singapore, Jakarta and Penang, along with some good pictures. While the Japanese, Italians and Germans were on the same side, they didn't exactly see eye to eye in a variety of ways, and this provides some interesting reading.
If the U-boat war interests you, then pick this one up. It's not overly long, but definitely worth the read.
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If the Allies hadn't had Ultra, a lot more merchant ships would have been sunk. Being aboard one of these was almost like taking a suicide pill.
There are interesting observations on German-Japanese cooperation-not too good.
All in all a valuable book for anyone interested in a little-known part of WW2.