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Black Flag: The Surrender of Germany's U-Boat Forces [Hardcover]

Lawrence Paterson
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  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Zenith Press (29 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760337543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760337547
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 17.8 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,824,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Black Flag On the eve of Germany's surrender in May 1945, Grossadmiral Karl Donitz commanded thousands of loyal and active men of the U-boat service. Still fully armed and unbroken in morale, enclaves of these men occupied bases stretching from Norway to France, where cadres of U-boat men fought on in ports that defied besieging Allied troops to the last. At sea U-boats still operated on a war footing around... Full description

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Effort 24 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover
The surrender of the U-boats at the end of the Second World War was an involved and very interesting episode, but contrary the publisher's claim that 'This book uncovers much new material about the process...' it completely fails to cover any of the most important aspects of how it was planned and carried out. And despite the claim of 'unparalleled glimpses' obtained from RN veterans, I found it odd that none are named, although numerous members of Paterson's family are - but just why is not made clear. And did the author really spend time with Jurgen Oesten of U-861, only to come away with an anecdote that has already appeared in Matthew Sullivan's excellent 'Thresholds of Peace?
Had the author carried out some proper research and consulted prime documents and witnesses, he could have told a fascinating story, but he has instead relied largely on articles in the Navy News newspaper, other previously published works, and dubious stories from the internet.Consequently, much of what he has written has appeared previously, while some of the internet material is inaccurate. As an example, I would refer to the surrender of U-1009, which was escorted into Loch Eriboll by HMS Harlech Castle, not into Loch Ewe by HMS Beaumaris Castle.
Nor does the book adhere strictly to what should have been its main theme, i.e., the surrender of the U-boats. Instead, large parts deal with German Naval ground forces and the surrender of the beleaguered French ports. Interesting, to be sure, but nothing to do with U-boat surrenders.
The illustrations, too, are disappointing, some being badly reproduced - a failing also observed in other recent Pen & Sword publications - and many do not show U-boats at all.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Very Poorly Researched Book 7 Nov 2009
By Ubootfahrer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The surrender of the U-boats at the end of the Second World War was an involved and very interesting episode, but contrary the publisher's claim that 'This book uncovers much new material about the process...' it completely fails to cover any of the most important aspects of how it was organised and carried out. And despite the claim of 'unparalleled glimpses' obtained from RN veterans, I found it odd that none are named in the Acknowledgements, and did the author really spend time with Jurgen Oesten of U-861, only to come away with an anecdote that has already appeared in Matthew Sullivan's excellent 'Thresholds of Peace?
Had the author carried out some proper research and consulted prime documents and witnesses, he could have told a fascinating story, but he has instead relied largely on articles in the Navy News newspaper, other previously published works, and dubious stories from websites. Consequently, much of what he has written has appeared previously, while some of the website material is inaccurate. As an example, I would refer to the surrender of U-1009, which was escorted into Loch Eriboll by HMS Harlech Castle, not into Loch Ewe by HMS Beaumaris Castle.
Nor does the book adhere strictly to what should have been its main theme, i.e., the surrender of the U-boats. Instead, large parts deal with German Naval ground forces and the surrender of the beleaguered French ports.
The illustrations, too, are very poor, some being badly reproduced - a failing also observed in other recent Pen & Sword publications - and many do not show U-boats at all or are inappropriate. Günter Prien of U-47, for example, lost his life in early 1941,and there are many other photos which show events or personalities from much earlier in the war than 1945. Nor are the photographs particularly well captioned, omitting important information or repeating old myths, such as that U-532 surrendered in Liverpool on 10 May. In fact, it arrived at Liverpool on 17 May and had already surrendered at sea on the 10th.
Readers will find little in this book that is new.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars details 11 Mar 2013
By James T. Carone - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
103 photos-(5 of Naval documents)the other reviews are right about clarity but this was not printed on glossy paper. The lists included in this are-2 page list of U-boat evacuation missions, 8 page list of U-boats disposed of, 2 page list of U-boats at sea at time of cease fire, 3 page document of surrender procedure sent out to all U-boats and 5 page list of U-boats scuttled. Good book. Hope this helps. CAP
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars To detailed for this "overview reader" 8 Jan 2011
By Cayman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Black Flag has a great amoung of detail about each u-boat at the end of the war and many interesting photo's that make this a interesting read. I personally enjoy a book with more "overview", less detail and more stories about the personal happenings of crews that were involved in unusual situations.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Black Flag 6 April 2012
By Joe B - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Well written. Mucho detail. Extremely interesting to me, an American "GUPPIED" diesel boat sailor of the '50s. I would have appreciated maps of the areas indicating the relative locations of the u boat pens, ocean and land areas of conflict and scuttling areas.
2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Flag 11 Nov 2009
By Lonnie W. Morris Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great book on UBoats.Great research on what happened to the UBoats after Surrender.A must for serious collectors
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