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Memoirs: Ten Years and Twenty Days [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz
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22. März 1997
Commander of the U-boat fleet, Supreme Naval Commander, and finally Hitler's successor in the last days of the Third Reich, Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz (18911980) has been condemned as a Nazi and praised as one of the most brilliant and honorable military leaders of the war. His "wolfpack" tactics resulted in a handful of U-boats sinking 14. 5 million tons and nearly deciding the Battle of the Atlantic. Sentenced to ten years at the Nuremberg Trials, Doenitz wrote his memoirs upon his release. In a clear firm style he discusses the planning and execution of the U-boat campaign; the controversial sinking of the Laconia; America's "neutrality" before its entry into the war; the Normandy invasion; the July 1944 bomb plot; his encounters with Raeder, Gring, Speer, Himmler, and Hitler; as well as his own brief tenure as the last F hrer. Doenitz's invaluable work allows the reader to view the war at sea through the periscope's eye.

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  • Taschenbuch: 556 Seiten
  • Verlag: Da Capo Press; Auflage: Da Capo Press. (22. März 1997)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0306807645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306807640
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,6 x 14,1 x 3,4 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 163.548 in Englische Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Englische Bücher)
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Commander of the U-boat fleet, Supreme Naval Commander, and finally Hitler's successor in the last days of the Third Reich, Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz (18911980) has been condemned as a Nazi and praised as one of the most brilliant and honorable military leaders of the war. His "wolfpack" tactics resulted in a handful of U-boats sinking 14. 5 million tons and nearly deciding the Battle of the Atlantic. Sentenced to ten years at the Nuremberg Trials, Doenitz wrote his memoirs upon his release. In a clear firm style he discusses the planning and execution of the U-boat campaign; the controversial sinking of the Laconia; America's "neutrality" before its entry into the war; the Normandy invasion; the July 1944 bomb plot; his encounters with Raeder, Gring, Speer, Himmler, and Hitler; as well as his own brief tenure as the last F hrer. Doenitz's invaluable work allows the reader to view the war at sea through the periscope's eye.

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Karl Doenitz was commissioned into the Imperial German Navy in 1910 and served on U-boats during the First World War. He became convinced of the war-winning potential of U-boats and masterfully conducted a battle for the Atlantic which the Allies only just won. He succeeded Grand Admiral Raeder as C-in-C of the Germany Navy. He became the last Fuhrer of Germany after Hitler's suicide in May 1945. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A fantastic book! 23. Januar 2000
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As a student of history, I found this book to be an excellent source for WWII history. Not only does he discuss the battles and the commanders, he also discussed the realities of war, and dealing with Hitler. A must read for anyone interested in WWII.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent Overview of U-Boat War 16. März 1999
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This is an excellent summary of the U-Boat war from the man who ran the German side of the conflict. He admits his errors frankly. His writing style is direct and factual. An outstanding book for any student of World War II.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent Overview of U-Boat War 16. März 1999
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This is an excellent summary of the U-Boat war from the man who ran the German side of the conflict. He admits his errors frankly. His writing style is direct and factual. An outstanding book for any student of World War II.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Revealing Book Regarding the U-boat War 3. November 1999
Von Kurt Chankaya - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
"Memoirs: Ten Years and 20 Days" is the autobiography of Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz, who commanded the German U-boat fleet from 1935 to 1945 (for ten years and 20 days - hence the title). Winston Churchill said that Doenitz's U-boats in the Atlantic were the only military threat that ever had him really worried, and this is an inside look at the man behind it. Doenitz, a U-boat commander in WWI, was captured and became a POW. He rose slowly in the peacetime navy, and then became commander of all U-boats just as Hitler's re-armament went into high gear. Still Doenitz describes how he had to struggle against the land mentality of the German military and Hitler (the navy never got more than 5% of German war production), and a woefully small U-boat fleet in the first few years of the war. Then allied countermeasures became so strong that after May 1943 the tide of the Battle of the Atlantic had clearly turned against the U-boats, their effectiveness dropping each month in tandem with their increasing casualties. The vast majority of his crews died in battle - a higher percentage than any other field of service. Yet his crews never faltered in their volunteer service, despite the suicidal losses. That he could inspire such loyalty is a tribute to his leadership skill and style, which he discusses in detail. Considered a war criminal and submarine warfare considered piracy by the allies, he was tried and convicted at Nuremberg, where one of his chief defense witnesses was US Admiral Nimitz, whose submarine war in the Pacific against Japan was, if anything, even more ruthless. The book contains many interesting insights and details from a man who, by all accounts, was a principled warrior devoid of Nazi beliefs or political ambition - an apolitical approach to command that won respect and trust from an unusual corner: Hitler. Doenitz ended up succeeding Hitler as Fuhrer, during which, among other things, he fired Himmler (Doenitz conducted the actual surrender to the allies). The book is well written, and a good insight into 'the other side'. He is clearly defensive about being a convicted war criminal, and makes and interesting and impassioned case that the US was grossly violating neutrality long before its entry into WWII (most historians agree). He was also unaware of how totally compromised his radio traffic was ('Ultra' was still secret when he wrote his memoirs), so there is no reflection on how his gabby, tightly centralized (and therefore radio traffic intensive) command style contributed to his defeat both through decrypts and radio direction finding. Like any commander's memoirs, this is not the balanced history a 'first timer' in the subject should read, but it is an interesting and important read for anyone interested in either WWII sub warfare or the dynamics of command, as long as one already has some background in the subject.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Once You Start You May Never Stop 2. Februar 2004
Von David D'Angelo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
My friend lent me this book. It was my first book on the naval aspect of the Second World War. I figured after the hundreds I had read on the land and air element I should start to look into the naval war. I could not put this book down, I devoured it. I have been gobbling up submarine books since that day.
Wow! First you have to be awed by the fact that this is a book written by the man that became the successor to Hitler. Second, its the best way to get the big picture of the U-boat campaign from the German viewpoint. Doenitz wrote this before he found out about allied successes in breaking his naval codes.
There are many fascinating stories here, about individual submarine actions, convoy battles, raids, rescue missions. Great stuff that you could make into great movies some day. You really get a good sense of how close the Germans were to winning the war. Thankfully, and Doenitz goes into it, the Third Reich did not take the U-boat arm seriously until it was too late. Whew!
Doenitz was charged with war crimes after the war and jailed. Specifically for conducting unrestricted submarine warfare.
Like every nazi that seems to write after the war - he defends himself by saying that being at the front he was not aware of everything going on back at home. Truth? Maybe, maybe not. But you cannot stop yourself from sympathizing with the man who was left holding the bag in May of 1945. We forget that the Allies waged unrestricted submarine warfare against the Japanese from the beginning. Doenitz has written that some American admirals were sympathetic after the war, and tried to get him acquitted. Very interesting story. A must for every World War Two reader.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Excellent Account of Hitler's successor. 5. November 2004
Von Ned Middleton - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Ten Years and Twenty Days is a direct reference to the 10 years Karl Doenitz spent as a U Boat commander and the 20 days he spent as Hitler's successor as Fuhrer of Germany. I had stated previously in this review that the period related to his time in Spandau jail which was 10 years and I am grateful for being corrected on that point.

As an English boy born in 1950 and growing up in a post-war Britain, we would play games where the Germans always lost - just like Cowboys and Indians. Much later in life, I began to research various ships and shipwrecks through my scuba diving and the name of Karl Doenitz came up time and again. Over many years I came to respect this man for the way in which he conducted both himself and his branch of the war with Britain. I consider him to have been an honourable enemy of my country. Yes, he was convicted of War Crimes, but it says much for the respect that this man engendered that over 100 senior Allied Officers expressed their disappointment at his sentence. But then, to the victor go the spoils and the one man to succeed Hitler was never going to remain a free man when others were being executed!

Having read so many accounts of this once great Admiral before reading his own memoirs, it is clear to me he was convicted of no more a crime than "being one of the enemy" and it was for that he served his ten years at Spandau. Others, of course, were directly responsible for the great human atrocities of WW2 and it was they who were either sentenced to death of life imprisonment.

I am sure there are those who will disagree with my assessment of this man - and, indeed, their own assessment may be more accurate. Nevertheless, this book reveals a great deal about an honourable man and is one which should be read by all those with an interest in Karl Doenitz the German Naval Officer and Karl Doenitz the last Fuhrer - who's first task on succeeding Hitler was to seek peace.

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An Excellent Account of Hitler's successor.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen From behind the scenes 29. März 2002
Von Dr. Heiko Martin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Do you know Doenitz? Are you a WWII enthusiast? A historian? A submariner? Then, this book is a MUST HAVE. There are lots of books about the WWII submarine campaign, from both sides, many of them better written. So what's special? No other book provides that specific background knowledge and information. Why didn't Germany build more submarines than it did in the crucial early years? How did the wolf pack tactics evolve? What measures did the German Naval High Command take after discovering their torpedo crisis? How did they counter Allied scientific breakthroughs? Why didn't they devine Enigma was being broken? Finally, you will hear the German opinion about Roosevelt's "Short of War" strategy - nowaday's United Nations would be in turmoil...
Second, if you can read between the lines, this book will reveal the personality of one of the mightiest leaders of WWII. Was he a war criminal? Maybe, but certainly his biggest crime was to be a soldier (with very limited horizon apart from his daily duty) who happened to fight on the wrong side. Bad luck, for both sides...
This book certainly doesn't replace other narratives about the "Atlantic War", but it supplements all of them. Only here, you can find the background story.
If you're looking for more WWII memoirs, try Doenitz' superior, Raeder, and DON'T OVERLOOK Churchill, as he was the greatest writer among all of them.
If you still have no idea as to who Doenitz might have been, then try to read Lothar Guenther Buchheim's vivid picture about how the submariners themselves felt, instead; that is indeed great war literature.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen WWII is not an adventure story, it is a horror story 20. November 2000
Von William Howdeshell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is not a book of words, it is a life, a soul and a confession by the head of the UBoat Command, the German Navy, and the man who was made Furher by Hitler when Hitler decided to commit suicide.
And as these are his memoirs, he has had time to reflect from his jail cell on his history and he has a message for you, me and all of us.
Donitz's recounting of the last two weeks of Germany before the surrender, and while he was Furher, taught me that WWII is not an adventure story, it is a horror story. This portion of the book, the last chapter, is the most incredible chapter I have ever read on WWII, or anything else for that matter.
Before hearing his story, I was your typical WWII buff, reading the books, reciting the exciting parts...always wondering why the WWII veterans in my family tree refused to talk about the war. And, if you, want exciting stories full of incredible UBoat exploits, then this could be the book for you.
But, eventually, he made it all so real to me that his writings, his experiences, they shamed me, they taught me of my gross naivety. You start to feel his pain, and the pain was great.
And he taught me why my old uncles never talked about it. They wanted to forget the pain. But, sadly, their children, such as I, were left with nowhere to learn this. We saw only the Hollywood version.
I will never be able to read a WWII book looking for adventure stories anymore. Donitz's memoirs cured me of that. May we never have another war. And I thank him for the lesson.
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