When reviewing a book about U-Boats some weeks ago, I automatically thought of (and mentioned) Gunther Prien and Otto Kretschmer. There were, of course, many other U-Boat commanders far to numerous to mention here and, for different people with an interest in this particular aspect of WW2, those and other names will come readily to mind.
This book is about six very different U-Boat commanders and each account is written by a different author. Apart from Endrass, I had not heard of the others - and I am certain to be admonished for that in some quarters. Each chapter tells the complete story of the subject German officer from start to finish. It includes their lives, their backgrounds and, as the title of the book might suggest, their achievements in battle for each of these men was indeed a silent hunter.
Jurgen Oesten is a holder of the Knight's Cross and a former commander of U-16, U106 and U-861. On the back of this book he has written the words "As a former member of the same trade and based on my own knowledge, I can say that each of the six authors succeeds in presenting an excellent description of the individual personalities of their subjects, building up a memory that is worth keeping."
Some might say this book could be improved by the addition of more historic photographs but I found it contained just the right photograph at the right time.
An excellent read and a book which adds a little extra to one's overall knowledge of the U-Boat campaign of WW2.