- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: US Naval Institute Press (August 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1557509506
- ISBN-13: 978-1557509505
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,240,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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U-Boat Adventures: Firsthand Accounts from World War II
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In her latest book, Wiggins draws on 22 interviews (with 17 enlisted men and five commanders) that she conducted for her previous book, Torpedoes in the Gulf. She devotes a chapter to each crewman's particular story and provides photographs of the crewman and his submarine. Wiggins then supplements these oral accounts with research from personnel files and archives. Together, these amazing stories show the true horror of submarine combat: well over half of the men who entered the U-boat service never returned. No wonder submarines were called "iron coffins." Surprisingly, most of these German soldiers had no great love of Hitler, and some were even tried for treason. Numerous books have been written about U-boat commanders, but few have featured the enlisted men as Wiggins's has. Recommended for both academic and public libraries.AMark E. Ellis, Albany State Univ., GA
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I would recommend this book to any student of the U Boat war, or someone just looking for an interesting book to read. Ms. Wiggins did her homework on this one, and it shows.
Then there is the humorous account of U-30 in September 1939. After surviving bombing and depth charges, she does not immediately sink a freighter because she had run out of bread. So the priority is to confiscate the food. Can you imagine a German with meat, cheese, butter, and jam and no bread to put it on?
The pharmacist's mate on U-505 describes its capture by the American Navy. The sub and its enigma machine are on display in Chicago where I went aboard and it really helps me visualize the situations on all these subs.
The accounts of U-903 and U-1205 transporting Prussian civilians to the west in 1945 to escape the Russians added some details to what I had already read about that event in Battleground Prussia: The Assault on Germany's Eastern Front 1944-45. But this was the first time I read about the U-boats sailing to Indonesia at the end and the adventures of the crews as captives of the Japanese, Indonesians, British, and ending up in Dachau.
I have always found the accounts of U-boats interesting. They were a very feared part of WWII, and it must have been horrible to be torpedoed by one of them and for the most part knew that the end was near. Few were saved from drowning when their ship was torpedoed, as going back and saving them would have put the other ship in peril..... so, the convoys generally moved on.
Some of these accounts I take exception with the details. But perhaps Ms. Wiggins was just taking notes as given to her. I have read quite extensively some of the true stories of the U-boats, and some of these reminisces are not factual in the details. Most are... but I suppose that time from the actual occurances and different people telling them, some errors occur.
Over all it is wonderful that these accounts have been taken down for posterity. A good read, and a good book to have in your library of U-boat occurances.