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Night of the U-boats Paperback – May 1974

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: New English Library Ltd; New edition edition (May 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0450018334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0450018336
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 684,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Highly recommended. Compelling account of the devastation of slow convoy SC7 sailing from Nova Scotia to the UK in October 1940. This was one of the first wolf-pack attacks by German U-boats using the new tactics of attacking on the surface at night. The attackers included legendary U-Boat ace Otto Kretschmer (U-99). SC7 suffered the worst loses of any convoy in WWII. The convoy lost 20 of its 35 ships in a few days. The handful of escorts were largely inexperienced, uncoordinated, sparsely equipped and unfamiliar with the new German tactics. No U-boats were lost. The book is told mainly from the allied side and focuses on the experiences of the British and neutral merchant ship crews. The acknowledgements catalogue a long list of the veterans of the convoy who contributed to the book. This is a compelling account which reads like a novel. The heroism of the merchant crews amidst the arbitrary lethality of war is striking.

The two authors made a speciality of writing accounts of British merchant ships and small warships in WWII from interviews with veterans. This includes a compelling account of the tragic Arctic Convoy PQ17, I Was There on PQ17 the Convoy to Hell: Through the Icy Russian Waters of World War II. The books can all be obtained cheaply and are worth finding. For other accounts of single convoy actions see Convoy: The Greatest U-boat Battle of the War (Cassell Military Paperbacks) by Martin Middlebrook and Crisis convoy: the story of HX231 by Peter Gretton, both describing North Atlantic convoys from Nova Scotia to Britain in March 1943.
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By mr anon on 23 Sept. 2012
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found book on holiday and then managed to find exact book to order. it is an easy read and interesting
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Convoy SC-7 16 May 2007
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This books documents convoy SC-7 from Sydney, Canada to England and the events that transpired when, in the middle of the night, it was attacked by a pack of 5 German U-Boats. During the course of the night, 20 of the 35 merchant ships were sunk -- the single biggest shipping loss in naval history (to that date).

The book itself is an easy read but, like many histories of the time, makes no attempt to document the source of any of the information in the narrative. This leaves the reader not sure how much is true and how much has been modified for dramatic reasons.

Not a bad book for $10, but I wouldn't recommend paying much more than that for it.
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