- Gebundene Ausgabe: 809 Seiten
- Verlag: Random House; Auflage: First Edition (22. Oktober 1996)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0394588398
- ISBN-13: 978-0394588391
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,5 x 7 x 24,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 14 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.400.498 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Hitler's U-Boat War: The Hunted, 1939-1942 (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 22. Oktober 1996
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A former infantryman, Adolf Hitler had little use for the German navy, which he considered inept and politically suspect. Still, through the skillful maneuverings of a young, up-and-coming naval officer named Karl Dönitz, Hitler eventually endorsed a costly program of shipbuilding. As a result, Dönitz was able to field a vast fleet of U-boats when Germany went to war against France and England in 1939. Although his enemies were initially better equipped, Dönitz was the craftier fighter, launching daring raids on shipping convoys and Allied harbors, and for a time, controlling the chief Atlantic sealanes.
In this monumental history, Clay Blair analyzes the German U-boat campaigns from 1939 to 1942 (a companion volume continues his narrative to 1945), which, he writes, fall into three phases: one against England alone, another against the newly arrived American navy, and a furious third against the combined Allied forces. Blair argues, against other historians, that the "U-boat peril" has been overestimated. He holds that the American submarine campaign against Japan in the Pacific was far more effective, and observes that 99 percent of Allied merchant ships on transatlantic convoys reached their destinations. Even so, the U-boats introduced a powerful element of terror into an already horrific war, diverting Allied effort into antisubmarine campaigns and delaying the transport of much-needed materiel.
Blair's outstanding work adds much to the naval history of World War II. Packed with detail, it is sure to become a standard work on the Battle of the Atlantic. --Gregory McNamee -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
"A triumph of naval history-writing." --The Times (London)
"An admirable and important book.... Should become the standard history of
the Unterseeboote for many years."
--Russell F. Weigley, The Washington Post
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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The quality of the book is found in the way it is written. There is little emotion revealed in the passages, but there is honest reporting of the events that occurred. Such a clear writing style speaks better of the horror that must have been a part of the life of those in the U-Boats and the crews of the ships that they hunted. A second feature of value of the work is that it offers something of a fresh view of the events of the Battle of the Atlantic. Many of the histories of that period have been written by Europeans. Their view of that scene and the American role in it is somewhat tempered by their own backgrounds. A good representative sample of such a writing can be found in "The Price of Admiralty" by John Keegan. His chapter on the Battle of the Atlantic reports the war from the view of one of England's foremost military historians. Mr. Blair is an American who served in the U.S. submarine service during World War II and his views have a decidedly "American" flavor. He presents the American effort during the Battle of the Atlantic with some concern over the U.S. broader involvement world wide.
In short, the first volume of this extensive work is a wonderful history. The second volume is anxiously awaited.
I highly recommend this book for any reader of history interested the German submarine war. However, the casual or amateur reader will do well to skim through the endless details.
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