- Gebundene Ausgabe: 352 Seiten
- Verlag: Pen & Sword Books Ltd (30. Juni 2017)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1473882397
- ISBN-13: 978-1473882393
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,5 x 3,8 x 23,5 cm
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Hitler's Forgotten Flotillas: Kriegsmarine Security Forces (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 30. Juni 2017
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LAWRENCE PATERSON has spent many years researching aspects of German naval operations and has written more than ten books on various aspects of the U-boat war. His most recent work, Schnellboote, is an operational history of Germany's fast attack craft.
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The book is divided into ten chapters divided along thematic/chronological lines. Chapter 1 examines the development of naval mine warfare and auxiliary ships in the Kaisers Navy - these ships and WW1 experience provided the foundation for WW2 KM naval security operations. Chapter 2 looks at 1939 - 1940 operations prior to the Fall of France. Chapter 3 examines operations in Norway and off the French coast after the latter's surrender. Chapter 4 expounds on the previous chapter by detailing how the Security Flotilla mission evolved after 1940. Chapter 5 takes the reader to other theaters by looking at Security Flotilla operations in the early days of the Russian and African campaigns. The author attempts to expand the narrative's scope in Chapter 6 by looking simultaneously at the Baltic, Norway and the West in 1942 - 1943 while Chapter 7 zooms in once again on Russia by detailing how the Security Forces operated in the Black Sea during that same period. Chapter 8 returns the reader to the Mediterranean and Aegean from June 1942 to December 1943, I found this section particularly useful in that Patterson examines how the Kriegsmarine assumed the Regia Marina's responsibilities following the Italian surrender in September 1943. Mediterranean coverage continues in Chapter 9, which takes southern based security flotillas through the remainder of the conflict to the end of the war. The book's final chapter thus covers Security Flotilla operations in NW Europe from D-Day through V-E day.
Maps - the author provides readers with a few large scale maps suitable only for geographical reference. These are all located in the front of the book. Photographs are sprinkled throughout the text as appropriate, but very few are action shots conveying what happened during combat operations.
Several very useful appendices are included listing tables of organization, Knights Cross winners, and flotilla activations/inactivations/deployments.
One belated note - Patterson's definition of security forces seems to be much broader than the German navy definition with the result that readers get more than they bargained for. Not only does he discuss harbor protection and escort flotillas, but he also goes into some detail on minesweeping, Marine naval ferries, artillery carriers, and dedicated AA vessels.
But this book gives you a brief overview of the types of ships they had before the war and then you get into the operation history. You get the sense that they were treated very similar to S-Boats. No where near adequate enough numbers and tasked to do things that were probably outside of their possibilities.
One thing that surprised me from reading this book, was how many of the vessels survived into the closing chapters of the war. That even with the massive allied air and naval strength that they couldn't eradicate these minor vessels. Of course, minesweepers, r-boats, and anti submarine vessels were never going to disrupt the Normandy invasion or the allied landings at Sicily or Salerno.
I enjoy reading about accounts of the German navy that aren't Bismarck or Tirpitz. This is another book that does not disappoint and highly recommend to anyone interested in the Germany navy.