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U-Boat Far From Home: The Epic Voyage of the U-862 to Australia and New Zealand [Paperback]

David Stevens
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1 Oct 2008
In late 1944, with its U-boats defeated in the Atlantic, the German navy sought new areas in which to deploy - distant waters where defences might be weaker and successes easier to achieve. Australia was one such location. U-Boat Far From Home reveals for the first time the full extent of the German plan for an underwater offensive against the southern continent. In an account that is both entertaining and enlightening, David Stevens describes the operation's strategic rationale, its practical implementation and how the Australians and their allies responded. Of all the U-boats allocated to the mission, U 862 was the only one that managed to survive.
But this story is more than pure operational history. U-Boat Far From Home takes the reader into the confined and dangerous world of a submarine at war. David Stevens examines the stresses and motivations of a young crew who for months at a time maintained a twilight existence, and whose fate ultimately depended on the ability of just one man, their captain, Heinrich Timm.
Painstakingly researched in archives around the world and illuminated with many personal accounts form both sides, U-Boat Far From Home is perhaps the most comprehensive accoutn of a U-boat's life ever published in English.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty LTD (1 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1864482672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1864482676
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 462,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Stevens is a former naval officer who served 20 years in the Royal Australian Navy. On retiring from the RAN in 1994 he was appointed Director of Naval Historical Studies within the Department of Defence (Navy).

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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 13 July 2014
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Excellent, informative book and a fascinating read!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating, obscure WW II episode 14 Aug 2011
By Jason - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been an amateur military historian for 30 years, my degree is in history, and I teach secondary history; with that being said...I have read countless books on WW II naval warfare, with a specific interest in the Kriegsmarine. I was aware of U-862, her epic voyage, and her commander and his accomplishments. Most U-boat books, mention this in a sentence or so. In this book the reader learns more about KK Timm, the only naval commander in any navy to have had engagements in every ocean during WW II. The reader also learns about the crew and the farthest traveled U-boat of the war, U-862. It amazes me that this U-boat left Europe in late 1944, when Germany's fortunes were sliding, and then made it all of the way to Australia and New Zealand to operate in early 1945, while a world away Germany was being crushed on both sides by the Allies. Her successful voyage seems surrealistic given that Germany was collapsing on the other side of the world. This book also does a fine job of examining the somewhat stunted cooperation between the Japanese and Germans during the war. This does not read like a regular WW II book on naval combat. Yes, that element is definitely there, but the biggest elements of the book are the adventure and human elements of U-862's voyage. It reads more like a sea adventure than a war book at times, which I liked. I would not recommend this as a "starter" book on U-boats during the war, because it is so specific. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a basic knowledge of WW II and desires to learn more about a fascinating boat, captain, and crew during a little known episode of the war, or any person who likes sea adventure books. I'm very glad I bought this and I'm happy it's back in print because I waited a long time to get this and was not disapointed :)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars u boat far from home 15 Nov 2011
By geoff - Published on Amazon.com
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excellent detailed narrative
print quality of new book was below standard with some..many.... letters in the text just readable due to poor printing
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5.0 out of 5 stars U Boats on the Far side of the world. 31 Oct 2011
By R. Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
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I searched quite hard for a copy eventually getting one on "the God ebay",
I would agree with Jason that this is not a "starter" for anyone looking for a book on U Boats unless you want to look at this particular operation, for this you will find none better.

Not too many people who don't read WW2 naval history will know anything about the "Monsoon Boats" which operated from Penang operating mostly in the Indian Ocean.
U-862 was one of these and this book describes her cruise around Australia and New Zealand in early 1945 at the very end of the war. (For the Germans that is.)
Its does explore some of the war time relationship between Japan and Germany , the Japanese having issues with dealing with Europeans not to mention their own inter service bickering which hindered the Germans based in the Far East.
(The Japanese and Germans both sent forces into the Indian Ocean and off the east Coast of Africa.)

Published in 1997 this is a very good read and quite remarkable it is , no tales of sinking thousands of tons of unsuspecting merchant shipping but an important, unknown and perhaps (until relatively recent years) a much neglected aspect of the U Boat war.

The book reads very well , the maps are clear and detailed , photos are good but clarity could have been better they are reproduced on paper) but this does not really detract from the book and I would not let it put you off.

Value for money, absolutely , it ties in well with more recently written histories on the far eastern U Boats.
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Which explore the German operations in the Far east more fully.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good sub story 13 Mar 2014
By Bill - Published on Amazon.com
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Well-written story about a mission most histories of the U-boats don't mention. If you like sub books, this is a good one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Far indeed - as far as you can possibly go 9 Dec 2013
By Erik Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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There is not enough written about the U-Boot service in the Indian Ocean and operations from Penang/Singapore. This book follows the story of U-862 as it sails to the oposite end of the world for operations in the indian ocean and a brief sojourn to the south pacific as it patrols aroudn Austrailia and New Zealand. This book is very well researched and well written - makes the reader feel as if this is a first hand account, yet also discusses the broader topics of the war in general and also tells the tail of those that were caught in the cross hairs of U-862's torpedoes. This book is a must read for any UBoot afficianado.
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