From the Author
Some words about the origin of With Honour in Battle
By the end of World War II, German submarine designers had produced some astonishing weapons. Among their more interesting designs were the Walter submarines, which could operate submerged at high speeds, using a type of gas turbine engine that did not require an external oxygen source. One experimental sub attained a submerged speed of 24 knots in 1943, about 18 knots faster than contemporary U-Boats, and about three knots faster than the most common convoy escorts. Plans were made to build several models of Walter boat, though none were actually placed in service before the end of the war.
Some years ago a discussion of these boats led to speculation on what might have happened if one of them had been built and sent out on combat patrols. Such an advanced boat would be very hard to detect, and nearly impossible to pin down and destroy. And what sort of man would be given command? An experienced commander, no doubt, but by late in the war what sort of mental state would prevail? U-Boats were, bar none, the most dangerous military assignments of World War II. No more than one in four who sailed in them survived the war. So an experienced commander would be not only lucky, but also, more than likely, verging on what today we call a "burn out case."
And the sudden appearance of such a U-Boat, and the resulting disastrous effects on the convoy routes, would naturally call for a response. So we also have a senior British escort commander, with a unique insight into his enemy after having been briefly a prisoner aboard his boat, now given command of a new killer group and charged with hunting him down.
These speculations resulted in "With Honour in Battle." A remarkable U-boat, with an advanced, but also dangerous, power plant; a no-longer-young commander, knowing what he's doing is going to be too late, yet duty bound to carry on the fight, and weighed down by the deaths of nearly everyone he has ever cared about. Not a "techno-thriller," but a traditional naval adventure novel, where the characters, and not the machines, drive the story. And, of course, one with plenty of action to keep things moving.
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