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German U-Boat Commanders of World War II: A Biographical Dictionary [Hardcover]

Rainer Busch , Hans-Joachim Roll , Geoffrey Brooks
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15 Feb 1999
The service records of the 1,411 officers known to have commanded U-boats are detailed.
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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Greenhill Books (15 Feb 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853673668
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853673665
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 19.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 760,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice overview of German U-boat commanders. 13 Nov 2001
As an avid submarine fan I found this book very interesting and useful. In one volume you find all the German U-boat commanders and their assignments in chronological order and their ultimate fate. The only thing that keeps this biographical dictionary from getting a 5-star rating is the absence of tonnage sunk in the entries. Otherwise, a great and highly interesting book for any sub-fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In English the Best You'll Get! 28 Aug 2004
By Dr. Victor S. Alpher - Published on Amazon.com
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Want to find out what happened to the commander of U-234 (Last Mission to Japan)? or like trivia? This is the definitive work in English.

Includes all relevant information, including U-Boot Class, posthumous promotions, birthplace, and in many cases, co-ordinates where last located.

In many cases, U-Boat commanders were enthusiastic young men, only to age quickly during command and the least political of officers in the several services. Anyone wishing to pursue study of any particular commander should begin here.

Excellent cross-referencing by name and submarine, including multiple commanders. Interestingly, U-96, the subject of Das Boot, the film documenting the wartime expoits of a Type VII-C, had four commanders--a rather unusual high.

Due to abbreviations, knowledge of German would be helpful...refer to the German Military Dictionary published by the U.S. Armed Forces for assistance. The losses are, of course, staggering.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great reference book for you boat people 21 Jun 2010
By Melissa A. Halliday - Published on Amazon.com
this book is a bio-dictionary (as the title suggests) of u-boat commanders. it lists the names from A TO Z. in this book are-1,411 commanders (no ,i am not making this up!) each entry contains:dates of birth,place of birth,"class of",officer/uboat training(where/when),cdr of(uboat#),sea going appointments (plus dates),decorations,captivity (plus dates) or lost at sea (date).
the middle of the book contains 96 black and white photos of various commanders. the index in back of book,contains ALL uboats from "U1' to "4719" and it's commander(s). what the book DOES NOT contain is,POST WAR dates of death. this info must be found somewhere else.
i have only given it four stars because,it seems quite an expensive book and the authors could have at least, tried to have a photo for EACH commander although,i am sure it would have been a monumental task to have found photographs of them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A dark and cold war. 29 Mar 2013
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The men who led the u-boat wars, in my estimation, were some of the bravest men around. They knew that death stalked them, it was their constant companion. Death on one of those u-boat patrols must have horrble, knowing that there was no way out, if their boat was hit by enemy fire. The lucky ones were captured, unfortunately the lucky ones were in the minority. JRV
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3.0 out of 5 stars What happend that u-boat captain on U-304? Huh? Find out. 16 July 2001
By "slicksteve" - Published on Amazon.com
This book is priceless. I big on WW II history. Perfect for someone who has a good working knowledge of u-boats (thats means your intrested). I guess the translations are pretty good (I skipped the trans. notes). Probally only for the history buff (WW II). I don't believe your regular joe will be to intrested in this. (4/5 for history buffs / 3/5 for others). I borrowed it from a friend. If I had the extra money. I would buy it. I'm a broke college student. So heres my five cents probally won't buy you much.
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