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Hitler's U-Boat Fortresses [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Randolph Bradham

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30. November 2003
The French naval bases at St. Nazaire and Lorient, occupied by the Germans in June 1940, quickly became the homes of massive U-boat fortresses-nearly indestructible submarine pens, built by mostly slave labor. The Royal Air Force began an all-out bombardment of the two ports. Despite their extensive efforts-and those of the Americans who joined them in 1942-the fortresses would survive, surrounded by the decimated French towns and countryside. This is the story of what was, perhaps, the longest ongoing battle in Europe during the Second World War, seen through the eyes of someone who experienced much of it firsthand. The desperate battle was waged on land, air, and sea. Because the dock at St. Nazaire could house and repair Hitler's powerful warship Tirpitz, British commandos carried out a daring raid to destroy it in March of 1942. They succeeded, but with great loss of life. The defenses of these fortresses were so strong that Eisenhower would ultimately decide to seek containment rather than destruction. The 66th Division, on its way to take up the task, lost its troopship Leopoldville to a German torpedo, with a loss of 802 men. The French underground movement in the area spawned a fighting force of 40,000 men to fight alongside the Americans, but the subsequent German reprisals would ultimately destroy many families in Brittany. Yet the bases stood, and continue to stand today.

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"Randy Bradham did a great service by writing this book. Many of our colleagues from World War II are not around anymore, and for this veteran to step back and relate what happened 60 years ago is a most unexpected gift to our nation. I know veterans will want to read this; but I hope all Americans, especially the children, will read it so they understand the sacrifices their grandparents made so that future generations can enjoy the freedoms on which our country was founded."-Senator Ernest F. Hollings D-South Carolina

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The French naval bases at St. Nazaire and Lorient, occupied by the Germans in June 1940, quickly became the home of massive U-boat fortresses. From these bases, U-boats struck merchant shipping at will from the Mediterranean to the North Sea. As a result, the RAF began an all-out bombardment of the two ports.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Needs A Different Title 20. Mai 2004
Von American Expat - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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If your interests lie in the area of military battles and the people that fought in them then this will be a good source of information for you. However, the title should've been "The Battle For Hitler's U-Boat Fortesses". The title mislead me into thinking that this was about the U-Boat pens themselves. I was fully expecting information on the design, logistics, service records, and daily life that would be associated with these structures. I would not have purchased this book had I known the contents.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Gem of a History Book 11. Dezember 2003
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Hitler's U-Boat Fortresses is a caprivating, eye-witness account by a World War II participant of the Allies' campaign to capture the German U-Boat pens on the coast of Brittany. These submarine pens were active and responsible for sinking a massive amount of Allied ships right up until armistice. As very little has been written about the Allied campaigns in Brittany and their importance to the overall European war effort, this book is essential for any reader of history.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellant acccount of WWll Battle of Brittany, France 10. Juni 2005
Von Edward E. Moore - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is a captivating account of the events surrounding the most important u-boat bases in Brittany,France . The book is highly researched and detailed but in a manner that is most interesting and easy to read. There are eye-witness acccounts of events of young soldiers including the author's narrow escape from death,including little known information of the French resistence. This is an excellent book written by an outstanding American of The Greatest Generation.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Must Read For Anyone Interested In WWII And The GI 1. Mai 2005
Von JQ - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A gripping window into the battle for the Nazi uboat pens told from the perspective of a soldier. The author not only skillfully informs the reader of this little known campaign in captivating text, but provides numerous entertaining stories about the human side of young American men thrust into an epic battle in a strange land. A must read for anyone interested in WWII and the American soldier.
3.0 von 5 Sternen What is this book about? 23. Dezember 2008
Von Rick Kaneen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I too thought this book was about u-boat fortresses. It's not. About 20 pages of the book explains a bit about the pens at Lorient and St. Nazaire. The remainder is a rambling series of stories about the French resistance, civilians living in the two cities, and some of the fighting around the areas after the Normandy invasion. It doesn't appear that this book was edited by anyone. There are numerous annoying errors (American divisions fighting in Brittany in February 1944) and jumps in organization. The longest unbroken narrative in the book is about 25 pages that in great detail tells the story of the sinking of HMS Leopoldville. There are also an interesting series of parenthetical remarks in the first half of the book explaining obscure references like "tommy gun" and "non-com" while other less familiar references come and go without explanation. Suddenly in the final 20 pages of the book the reader gets a 'summary' of the 66th infantry division, the fighting in the pockets around St. Nazaire and Lorient, etc. Much of this information is repetitive and reads like cliff notes to offical reports. Some readers obviously enjoyed this book and there are some interesting personal accounts of combat included. Perhaps I'm being too critical but 180 pages of this killed any joy I might have gotten out of reading this. If you think you are getting "An Army At Dawn" you're wrong. If you are looking for employment you might want to see if Lyon's Press has decided to hire a copy editor. They could sure use one.
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