- 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
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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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Unfortunately, Blair's level of detail occasionally "dries out" the drama of events. The reader is left wanting more insight into life on a U-Boat: What did the crew eat? How much time did they spend underwater every day? What is involved in making a torpedo attack on moving convoy? Blair focuses most of his efforts on the achievements of each U-Boat specifically, at the expense of general detail about the experience of war on and under the sea. Despite the shortcomings, "Hitler's U-Boat War" is a must-read for submarine aficionados, who should also look forward to the second book in the set which will cover the U-Boat war from 1943-1945.
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.
While this work may be invaluable to a historian or writer, it is of little value to the average reader or amateur historian. If he had cut it down to half its size by ommitting all the 'useless' stuff, it would have been much better -and cheaper. I was looking forward to reading it, but after finishing the first volume I find myself with absolutely no more knowledge about U-Boats than what I had accumulated from a handful of other books and articles, and I plan to let the second volume on the shelf for a while and re-read Doenitz' memoirs or Werner's "Iron Coffins".
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