Once again, we have a book which will not be read in the expectation of being entertained by the content. Instead we have the most detailed examination of all Axis submarine claims during WW2. It is a book full of facts and figures and is the most comprehensive work of its kind.
Whilst there are no photographs or illustrations, there are 10 charts at the end of the book which do much to explain where events took lace. For the remainder, we have are the carefully researched, painstakingly checked and meticulously catalogued details of all Axis submarine attacks during WW2 including German, Italian, Japanese, Romanian, Finnish and Vichy French operations in every theatre of the war at sea and the resultant claims.
It is another exhaustive and authoritative work from naval historian Jürgen Rohwer whose reputation is unsurpassed in his field of expertise. Most interesting of all is the author's comparison between what was claimed by the attacker with the information contained in Allied War Diaries. In this way, the author has, once again, been able to correct many instances of false or inaccurate reporting.
The book is arranged by sea areas of; Atlantic/North Sea, Northern Theatre, Baltic, Black Sea, Mediterranean, Indian Ocean/ South Africa and Pacific. These are followed by indexes on; Submarines, Commanding Officers, Convoys and Ships Attacked. Detail for each attack includes; Date, nationality name of submarine and commander, map reference and the type, tonnage, nationality and name of ship sunk. Additional information aimed at clarifying disputed claims is also provided.
As I say, not a "readable" work by any means, nevertheless, this is an important work as far as ongoing research is concerned and should be a required addition to the bookshelf of any discerning researcher.