- Gebundene Ausgabe: 192 Seiten
- Verlag: U S NAVAL INST PR (1. März 1999)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1557508879
- ISBN-13: 978-1557508874
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,4 x 1,9 x 24,2 cm
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Shadows on the Horizon: The Battle of Convoy HX-233 (Englisch) Gebundenes Buch – 1. März 1999
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Offers an eye-witness account of a battle that nearly severed Britain's lifeline across the Atlantic during WWII, drawing on original documents with participants' testimonies to reconstruct what happened to the U-boats and their quarry in the spring of 1943. Focus is on the German front-line U-boat, U-175, and the battle around Convoy HX-233. This
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Despite being written by an author who was present at the battle on board the American tanker G Harrison Smith, it is not in any respect a memoir. With the execption of one short paragraph written in the third person about the author's own observations, this work reads like a history book rather than an eye-witness account. The American author, Winthrop Haskell, settled in Germany after the war and spent many years researching it from German records and contact with german survivors as well as using American, British, and Canadian ones. His research is extremely thorough and the extensive appendices record a large number of published and unpublished sources. This book is also lavishly illustrated with black and white photographs of participating ships and individuals from all four countries involved (the escorts for convoy HX-233 included American, Royal Navy, and Royal Canadian Navy ships, and the author lists eight German U-boats as having attacked the convoy, adding that it is possible that other enemy submarines may also have been involved.)
The foreword to this book by a German historian, Professor Jurgen Rohwer of the University of Stuttgart, praises the book as "one of the very best convoy histories of the Second World War, which adds enormously to our understanding of the conflict in the North Atlantic.
Much of the book is written from the perspective of the crew of a german submarine, U175, but there are also chapters about the role of a US escort, USCG Cutter Spencer, and about the loss of a merchant ship,
The one paragraph describing the author's own observations from the bridge of the G Harrison Smith is short enough to quote in full. After reconstructing an incident in which he argues persuasively that the captain of one of the US escorts made a mistake which could, but fortunately didn't, have had catastrophic consequences by ordering an RN corvette, HMS Bergamot, to break off an attack, Haskell writes
"The signalman and asdic operator on the Bergamot's bridge reported that their commander was visibly disappointed and annoyed. The author, from his vantage point as watch on the bridge of G Harrison Smith with an overall view of the battle, vividly recalls a corvette flying a black flag going in to the attack ahead of the convoy, then of Spencer starting to drop her first pattern of depth charges. Wrongly assuming it was a team effort between cutter and corvette, it meant nothing to him at the time."
This paragraph, and the notes in which he thanks the people who helped him with the book including a number of former shipmates, are about the only time there is any hint of the author's own feelings, along with the very last words of the book, "We had to carry on."
As will be obvious from the manner in which he does not shy away from criticising his own compatriot in the section referred to above, the author has written an astonishingly neutral and objective account of a battle given that he was a participant - or at least a target, sitting on top of a tanker-load of gasoline which one side was trying to blow to kingdom come. Sailors of all four nations come in for praise, criticism or sympathy at appropriate moments - and the german ones get a far more sympathetic account than I would ever have been able to write for people who had been trying to sink me.
If you find this book interesting, two other books which I can recommend include "Walker, R.N.: Story of Captain Frederick John Walker" by Terence Robertson and "The Battle of the Atlantic (Military Classic)" by Donald Macintyre.
I can strongly recommend this book about one of the most vital battles of World War II. It seems appropriate to close this review with the words which Winston Churchill wrote after the war, and which are quoted on the last page of the epilogue of this book:
"The only thing that ever frightened me during the war was the U-boat peril."