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Hitler's U-Boat War: The Hunted 1942-45 (Volume 2)

Hitler's U-Boat War: The Hunted 1942-45 (Volume 2) [Kindle Edition]

Clay Blair
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Acclaimed on its publication in 1997 ('should become the standard history of the Unterseeboote' - Washington Post), volume one of Clay Blair's magnum opus is followed by volume two, The Hunted, covering 1942-45. In this volume the fortunes of the German navy are completely reversed - due in no small part to Allied codebreaking - and they suffer perhaps the most devastating defeat of any of the Germany forces. destroying their submarine service entirely.

Blair has been at work on this history for nine years since the British and American governments began to release official WWII records in the 1980s. Blair himself served in submarines in combat in WWII. He chronicles the U-Boat war with authority fidelity objectivity and extraordinary detail. He also writes vivid and dramatic scenes of naval actions and dispassionate but startling new revelations interpretations and conclusions about all aspects of the Battle of the Atlantic.

About the Author

After serving in combat in submarines in WWII, Clay Blair was successively National Security correspondent for Time, Life and Saturday Evening Post. As well as his acclaimed naval histories, Blair is the biographer of Admiral Rickover, Generals MacArthur, Bradley and Ridgway. He lives with his wife in Wisconsin, USA.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11131 KB
  • Print Length: 900 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New edition edition (16 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00713DNPS
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Researchers Dream Come True 22 Feb 2002
Clay Blair's second volume of the Series 'Hitler's U-boat War' is a stark contrast to the first. He highlights the rapid descent of the U-boats and the rapid domination of the Allied anti-submarine technologies and doctrines.
The book is very well written for the researcher and avid historian, casual readers may find it a tad dry in the delivery. As a naval historian, researcher, and author myself, I've not been able to find any inaccuracies in Mr. Blair's work. His work from primary sources is of very high quality, including the technical datum found in the appendixes, detailing convoy losses, war patrols and sinkings, and Allied convoy dispositions and anti-submarine vessel construction and technologies.
When added to the first volume, The Hunters, this book completes a must-have series for anyone with more than a causal interest in German submarine warfare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars U-Boot second round 23 Nov 2007
Magnificent book about the grey wolfs. In my opinion Clay Blair makes one of the most compreensive and detailed account about this struggle. A must for all "submariners" and should read for worl war two enthusiastics. Together with "The hunters" the best description of the battle of the atlantic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lasting monument to Mr. Blair.... 3 Mar 2006
By T. M. Semmens - Published on
This second volume of this definitive work is also the second installment of the work that is the intellectual monument to Clay Blair.

People have accused Mr. Blair of lacking a human face, yet the sparse prose describing life and death battles between grim, determined men is eloquent in its terse and relentless depiction of the brutality, courage and fear of war. Anyone who has been down to sea in ships needs no more stimulating of the imagination that Mr. Blair provides to understand and wonder at the courage of the men in the U-Boats and men who defeated them.

The only failing in the book is a strangely discordant and increasingly strident reactionary and anti-British tone that creeps into his work. Since I do not know of the personal details of Mr. Blair's life it is only speculation, but I do feel I detect failing health in his later pages of this volume.

It is a pity that while Mr. Blair was so generous of his praise of Britain in Volume 1 he suddenly loses empathy with his British allies and fails to understand the British psyche and the multitudinous problems faced by the war-weary British as they struggled with lack of resources, over worked ships and under trained crews and all the time against a backdrop of fading strength and dying empire. This failure, most manifest in the latter half of volume two, is jarring. At the same time as his anti-British sentiments become more and more unreasonable, so does his extreme support of a pro-US Navy establishment view on the actions of Admiral King in 1942 and 1943.

But this two-volume work is the stuff that us mere consumers of naval history can only gawp at admiration. The reader has a brain and is capable of agreeing or disagreeing with the tone of a volume and to adjudge if the author has or has not been unduly harsh. The breadth of knowledge, the grasp of Naval warfare, the obvious majesty of these two volumes means you just have to unreservedly recommend them as the best general history on the subject available.
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative 11 May 2014
By Allan - Published on
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Very informative and an historical account. Many facts and figures for any one studying the Battle of the Atlantic in WW 2
3.0 out of 5 stars Very poor proof reading - ruined by spelling and formatting errors 14 Jan 2014
By John Kent - Published on
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Basically a Collection of patrol lists - very little background information on real life aboard a Uboat during this period and how Allies actually used the technology to gain the ascendancy. Having said that some of the anecdotes were excellent.
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