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Newly available naval history books on the German Navy.
Eight books on the naval history of Germany, both in World War One and World War Two, newly available from our online shop. These books include 5 on the subject of U-boats, covering all aspects of the U-Boat war in World Warf Two, from their shore bases throughout occupied Europe, to their successes against transatlantic shipping and to the end of the was and beyond.
U-Boat 977 - The U-Boat that Escaped to Argentina by Heinz Schaeffer.
U-boat 977 was the
German submarine that escaped to Argentina at the end of World War
Two. This epic journey started from Bergen in Norway, where in April
1945 it was temporarily based, and took three and a half months to
complete. Because of continuing Allied naval activity the commander
decided to make the first part of the journey under water. Before
surfacing near the west coast of Africa U-977 had spent a remarkable
sixty-six days submerged! It was inevitable that when U-977s journey
and escape to Argentina and its port of Mar del Plata became known it
would be the centre of rumour and theory. Why did U-977 make this long
journey of escape when, for Germany, the war was over? Was it because
it was carrying Nazi gold to continue the fight? Were escaping Nazi
leaders on board? Was Hitler on board? The stories were many and for
years, after the end of WWII provided material for novelists,
film-makers and historians alike. Heinz Schaeffer, the commander
of U-977, has written a full account of his earlier career that
culminated in this last command. It depicts the gruelling aspects of a
submariners life aboard a vessel that was subjected to the harsh
conditions of the seas and oceans. As an experienced commander
Schaeffer took part in many of the decisive U-boat operations in the
North Sea and Atlantic Ocean. In the final months of the war, and in
common with most surviving U-boat commanders, Schaeffer and his crew
came under constant attacks from Allied aircraft and surface ships.
Hitlers U-Boat Bases by Jak P Mallmann Showell.
a central role in offensive operations across the worlds oceans during
the Second World War and
could have brought Britain to the brink of capitulation. To support
his deadly undersea fleet, Hitler ordered monolithic bunkers to be
constructed at strategically crucial sites, designed to withstand the
most aggressive attack from Allied forces. This is the first
comprehensive guide in English to examine the bases in detail.
Each of the sites is explored, showing how and why it was built, from
the design and materials used in the bunkers and their strategic
importance to the success of German U-boat
missions, to the conditions faced by the workers involved in the
mammoth operation. The author has visited many of the sites in France,
Germany and Norway, and uncovered previously unpublished accounts, to
detail the exact purpose of each base and reveal important new
information about what remains at some of the most closely guarded
sites. With concrete ceilings at least 3.5 metres thick, several of
the bunkers have been so resistant to wartime bombing and post-war
demolition attempts that many still survive today and continue to
dominate their surroundings, A comprehensive gazetteer reveals
what can still be seen at each of the sites, and detailed appendices
allow an insight into the structure of the German Navy and its
The Road to Russia - Arctic Convoys 1942 by Bernard Edwards.
In the summer of 1942 Britain and the United
States of America jointly agreed to provide massive quantities of arms
and other vital war supplies to bolster Soviet Russias struggle
against Hitlers invasion. As might be expected, the bulk of these
cargoes were carried in British and American merchant ships, with
naval escorts. Equally predictably, the leaders of Nazi Germany
ordered that these allied convoys were to be continually harassed and
destroyed by naval and air attacks. There followed a ferocious and
prolonged campaign made the more deadly by the extreme weather
conditions of the Arctic Sea. In The Road to Russia- Arctic Convoys 1942, Bernard
Edwards, the formidable naval historian, has researched the fate of
Convoys PQ13 and PQ17 bound from Iceland to Northern Russia as well as
the westbound Convoy QP13. Attacked relentlessly by aircraft and Uboats,
the former lost a total of thirty ships while
ran into a British minefield off Iceland, losing seven vessels.
Verschollen - World War I U-Boat Losses by Dwight R Messimer.
deal of time.
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down and provided
in the making,
new reference fills the needs of both researchers
for accounts of lost submarines and readers who enjoy action
adventure stories. It examines in detail each of the 203 U-boats lost
in German and at
home in war archives,
Messimer offers for the first time individual
narratives of the men who survived the sinking of their boats,
stories of several who escaped from sunken wrecks,
one who managed to bailout as his
submarine plunged past the one-hundred-foot mark.
Hitlers Grey Wolves - U-Boats in the Indian Ocean by Lawrence Paterson.
little has been written about the U-boat war in the Indian Ocean.
battle began in August 1943, when a German submarine arrived in the
Malaysian harbour of Georgetown.
In total, nearly
forty U-boats were assigned to penetrate the Indian Ocean, serving
alongside troops of the occupying Imperial Japanese forces, and using
Malaysia as an operational station. From that base, they mixed
with Japanese forces on a hitherto unseen scale:
move which spread the U-boat war throughout the vast Indian Ocean and
into the Pacific.
German Destroyers of World War II by Gerhard Koop and Klaus-Peter Schmolke.
This detailed illustrated history traces the building and wartime
deployment of Germanys
destroyers and presents the war record of each individual ship
alongside hundreds of rare photographs. Statistical information and
technical specifications are included,
an insight into the performance and potential of each vessel.
text is not only supported by photographs from private collections but
drawings and maps also feature.
U-Boats at War - Landings on Hostile Shores by Jak P Mallmann Showell.
For much of World War 2 Germanys most threatening maritime force was the U-boat arm. Despite its very high casualty rate the German Navys highly successful submarine force achieved much during the war, threatening at times to seriously disrupt the supply lines of convoys across the Atlantic between Britain and North America and the Allied resupplying of Soviet forces through the Arctic ports, as well as taking on a wide variety of other roles for which it was especially suitable. Author Jak P Mallmann Showell has gathered together a fascinating selection of first-hand accounts and historic photographs, many of them previously unpublished, showing how U-boats landed on hostile shores. During the war, representatives of the U-boat service landed on many of the most inhospitable and threatening shores for numerous operational reasons and it is this aspect of U-boat history that forms the story of this fascinating account. Landings took place wherever the various demands of war dictated, ranging from the coast of neutral countries such as Ireland and Spain, attempted espionage and sabotage in the United States, intrusions into Canadian waters and further north on barren islands in the Arctic Ocean, to the landings along the North African coast to assist Rommels North Afrika Korps and, later in the war, attempts to supply forces cut off by the Allied advance through Europe. Also of special interest is a landing in northern Canada to establish a German weather station on the American continent. .For all those interested in the naval campaigns of World War 2, Jak P Mallmann Showell, an acknowledged expert in the history of the U-boat arm in World War 2, builds through his careful research a superb portrait of the bravery of the men of the Kriegsmarine and the extraordinary story of their landings on hostile shores in the years between 1939 and 1945.
German Light Cruisers of World War II by Gerhard Koop and Klaus-Peter Schmolke.
This valuable reference book traces the development and building of the light cruiser class and presents the history of each individual ship. Statistical information and complete technical specifications are included, giving an insight into the performance and potential of each vessel. The text is supported by illustrations throughout: technical plans, camouflage drawings and hundreds of previously unpublished photographs, many of them from the private collections of former crew members. Germanys light cruisers had played an important part in World War I and were one of the few types of warship Germany could maintain under the restrictions imposed by the Versailles Treaty. German naval planners and the Kriegsmarine expected great things from the cruisers at the outbreak of World War II and they were destined to play an important role in Germanys attempt to wrest control of the seas from the Royal Navy. Intended primarily for anti-commerce raiding and escort duties, the Third Reichs cruisers served throughout the conflict.
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