- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: The History Press; First Edition edition (November 2, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0752461885
- ISBN-13: 978-0752461885
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9.5 inches
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One of the fascinating points made in this book is the nature of Kriegsmarine logbooks. According to the author these were actually formal legal documents and specific information had to entered at specific times and the kommandant had to sign off on every entry.
Mr. Mallman-Showell, who is fluent in German, has mined the golden ore of material at the U-Boot Archiv in Cuxhaven to produce many of his books. His father was KIA aboard a U-Boat and the author never knew his father. Perhaps his fascination with U-Boats stems from that. Whatever the reason, Mr. Mallman-Showell, who is English, has written by far the most outstanding collection of works on the UBootwaffe and the Kriegsmarine. I would say without reservation that he is the number one U-Boat historian in the world and that anyone who has an interest in U-Boats would do well to begin their study with any of Mr. Mallman-Showell's books.
Drawn largely from the logbooks kept by U-boat commanders, Showell's latest book concentrates on the U-boat war from 1939 to 1943. He describes the initial moves against Allied shipping, successes and losses in the Atlantic and Med, the heady days of the 'Happy Time,' Allied counter-measures, mid-war convoy battles, etc. Some of the players found in the book are U-boat legends like Prien, Luth, Kretschmer and Cremer; others, not so well-known.
Since Showell interweaves the general war situation with the individual activities of various U-boats, the reader gets an evenhanded but exciting account of the grey wolves and their role and impact in the war. Eight pages of b&w photographs illustrate various U-boats; I would have liked more pix of the commanders.
In any case, U-BOATS ATTACK offers a fresh, entertaining summary of the U-boats' early wartime activities. Hopefully, there will be a second volume that takes the story from 1943 to war's end. Recommended.