eBook: The Encyclopedia of U-Boats From 1904 to the Present

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The dreaded U-Boats and you can have an encyclopedia to know everything about them.  I was told once that Germans had secret bases in the Atlantic for U-Boats to attack ships.  The bases were staffed and supplied not to have any contact with the mainland or German Navy at all thus being even more invisible and deadly than the German Navy and impossible to deal with.  They were seen as part of German Navy from outside but operated without any of the weaknesses of an organized naval force.  The interesting part is once WWII ended, these units did not stop operating.  They continued to float and carry their missions in the Atlantic sinking ships.  The official explanation was ships were lost in a huge geographical area to be called "the Bermuda Triangle."  The story goes the U-Boats continued to operate until the staff were old.  The cold war raged on and they could not return to Germany since part of the West.  They supposed found refuge in the Soviet Union for retirement.  Life goes on.

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The Encyclopedia of U-Boats: From 1904 to the Present by E. Moller & W. Brack
Greenhill | 2006 | ISBN: 1853676233 | 240 pages | PDF | 41 Mb

On the eve of World War I, the art of submarine warfare was barely a dozen years old; no nation had submarine-qualified officers serving at the senior staff level; and no nation had developed any method for detecting submarines or attacking them if found. Prejudice against submarines remained: They did not fit in the classic, balanced structure of a navy where battleships were king. But by the end of WWI, they had changed the face of naval warfare forever. This excellent and comprehensive reference book, translated for the first time in English, traces the remarkable history of the German U-boat, meticulously recording all the different submarine classes and types developed from the U-1, launched in 1906, through the highly successful 30s series, to the Wolf pack of WWII, and beyond. Type sheets provide information on the development, service record, range, crew strength, and location for each entry. Special chapters are also devoted to the most successful and colorful German U-boat commanders, including Karl Donitz, Otto Kretschmer.

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