- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Brassey's Inc; 1st edition (May 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1574882465
- ISBN-13: 978-1574882469
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 10.4 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,598,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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U-Boats: The Illustrated History of the Raiders of the Deep Hardcover – May, 2000
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This book did not disappoint! It is simply incredible considering how much information is between the covers as well as how many striking photographs are contained in this book. One could almost consider it an Encyclopedia on U-Boats. This book describes the full history of Deutschlands Unterseeboot Programe as well as a detailed history and explination of each type of boat. It also has a table listing every U-Boat made and a brief history about each ship. This book also does a fantastic job explaining the role of these vessels in WWII (and to a lesser extent, WWI). I can imagine with "U-571" in theaters and "Das Boot" on DVD, U-Boat interest has increased. I would suggest to anybody interested in U-Boats because of these movies or for any other reason to look no futher. "U-Boats : The Illustrated History of the Raiders of the Deep" is probably the best book presently available on this subject.
One large table over many pages lists very nearly every U-Boat number and its type, builder, commisioned date, and its ultimate eding: fate, date, final captain, place, means, dead, and saved, e.g.
U-1229; Type IXC/40; built by Duetche; commisioned January 13,1944; Sunk; on August 20, 1944; Captained by Zinke, A; at SE of Newfoundland; by USN aircfaft: VC-42 (Bogue); 18 dead; ? # Saved.
More text than anything else, but also there's always some sort of graphics on every page, well maybe not at the index :)
If you need only one volume on U-Boats this might be the very best choice.
The book (like Gaul) is divided into three parts. Part 1 summarizes U-boat operations during the First World War and the interwar period.
Part 2 describes the various types of U-boats, from the early Type IA to the advanced Type XXI and XXVI, which served as the basis for several postwar US and Soviet submarine designs. I found the details of the construction program of the Type XXI surprisingly interesting -- it was built in sections at various steelworks. The sections were transported by canal and river to shipyards for assembly. Welding two sections together took about 8 hours, and in order to ensure a continuous weld, the workers could not stop even for bad weather or air raids.
Part 2 continues with descriptions of the torpedoes (some of which were programmed to follow patterns, while others used acoustic homing devices), mines, guns, and even rockets which the U-boats carried. Radar, sonar, electronic warfare, and the Enigma machine are treated next, followed by engines.Read more ›
David Miller was editor of Jane’s “Major Surface Warships” and a former British officer. He wrote more than thirty books on warfare. This book tells about the U-boats of the German Navy in WW II: their tactics, technology, and torpedoes that preyed upon Allied warships and merchantmen in order to sink the supplies that kept Great Britain alive in the war. U-boats operated against the Allies in almost all the world’s oceans from the first to the last day of the war. The “Ubootwaffe” brought the war to Canada and the United States.
‘Part One’ covers the beginnings. The Imperial German Navy was the last of the major navies to build submarines. They operated in the North Sea and the North Atlantic mostly, but also in the Mediterranean. Imperial Germany turned to unrestricted warfare to win the war. This brought America into the war, the use of convoys protected by armed escorts reduced sinking. Anti-Submarine warfare used ramming, gunfire, and minefields. Electronic warfare played a significant part (p.13). The Reichsmarine planned for the next war (p.16).
‘Part Two’ documents the U-boats of WW II, their weapons and equipment. Increased defense capabilities caused problems (p.34). The schnorchel and the streamlined hull were two innovations (pp.60-61). Modular construction improved production by reducing man-hours by a third (p.62). These improvements were countered by shortages of material and labor, transportation problems, air attacks, and design problems (p.66). Post-production problems were found (p.68). The Type XXI was the best but came late in the war (p.69). The Type XXIII coastal U-boar was an improved design but had limitations (p.71). Professor Helmuth Walter had many good new ideas, but many new ideas required lengthy development time (p.78).Read more ›
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Excellent book, full of great information. I goldmine for modellers.Published 12 months ago by Peter Webster
i saw this book somewhere in the myriad of sub sites on the net and decided to give it a try,this book is outstanding,everytime a book is published about ww2 subs specially german... Read morePublished on January 16, 2011 by c
An excellent overview and history of the German's U-boat program from WW l through WW ll. Beautifully presented with lots of detail. As a former U.U. Read morePublished on June 13, 2010 by William H. Tappan
This book have a very informations about the U-Boat universe.
Very photos and texts.
I recomend. Best regards,
It's a nice book for those who are interested on German U-boats.
It also contain a brief introduction on Enigma (the German encryption machine). Read more