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The Longest Patrol: A U-Boat Gunner's War 0th Edition
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Owen chronicles Baumann's life journey from a humble up-bringing in Germany's Ruhr region; his rugged breaking in as a cabin boy aboard a fishing trawler in the cold North Sea; his induction and training in the Kriegsmarine as an anti-aircraft gunner at the onset of World War II; mostly boring, yet at times harrowing U-boat patrols; his suffering a serious wound when the barrel of a 20mm AA gun exploded due to some seaborne obstruction; his languishing in a hospital at Brest during the bitter siege; to life as a POW at a Virginia POW camp, which prompted Baumann to remain in the United States after the war.
In addition to countless hours of interviews, with Baumann and other significant participants, Owen utilizes a variety of sources, including U-953's Kriegstagebuch, or KTB, the official war diary of the vessel. The author's use of original grid System Sea Charts to follow the route of U-boat patrols further supports his many hours of diligent research.Read more ›
UI posted that on a treasure hunting site and GREG OWEN, the author of this book wrote me a note. Talking about the actual lives of Uboat crews. I bought the book, Thanks Greg, and about half way through. German U-Booats were a far cry from RED OCTOBER. But were as safe as they could be with technology they had. Allied forces technology was much better and almost all U-Boats were destroyed. So a living crew members story is valuable. For the truth of their very personal war and attitudes about the war. Far as I know no high level nazis worked on subs. Way too dangerous! The sailors were kids. Like our kids. Drafted into a live/die situation. Like our kids. No doubt every crew member had to perfectly do their task the right way at the correct time or they all could die. I am looking for the DAS BOOT movie. It was wartime and mostly good innocent folks die. These crews on both side were remarkable. Not a task I could ever do. This book is so darn interesting I can't put it down. Real History.. hard to find!
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Excellent history from the perspective a young German growing up in the upheaval of 1920's and 30's Germany, serving as a very low rank Sailor on a UBoat and ultimately landing in... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer