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Wolfpack [Kindle Edition]

Gordon Williamson
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Germany's World War II U-Boat fleet represented the elite of their naval personnel. In terms of technology, training, tactics and combat successes, the U-Boat Waffe was far superior to that of any other combatant nation. In this comprehensive book, the wartime development of the U-Boat is traced along with the experiences of typical U-Boat crewmen, from recruitment to combat. The author examines the operational tactics of the U-Boat fleet, as well as describing the massive bunkers that housed them. 'Wolf Pack' contains material taken from Fortress 3: 'U-Boat Bases and Bunkers 1941-45', Warrior 36: 'Grey Wolf: U-Boat Crewman of World War II' and New Vanguards 51 and 55: 'Kriegsmarine U-Boat 1939-45 (1) and (2)', with the addition of a new section on wartime tactics.

About the Author

Gordon Williamson was born in 1951 and currently works for the Scottish Land Register. He spent seven years with the Military Police TA and has published a number of books and articles on the German Navy, its vessels, personnel and operations during World War II. He has written more than 20 books for Osprey's New Vanguard, Men-at-Arms, Warrior, Elite and Fortress series. Darko Pavlovic was born in 1959 and currently lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia. A trained architect, he now works as a full-time illustrator and writer, specialising in militaria. Darko has illustrated a number of books for Osprey. Ian Palmer is a highly experienced digital artist. A graduate in 3D design, he has provided illustrations for many publications, from modelling James Bond's Aston Martin to recreating lunar landings.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 23325 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006TZCJ4K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #258,405 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on an amazing subject matter 21 July 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is my first book on u-boats and I'm absolutely hooked now! The contents is well laid out, packed with information, and includes lots of photographs as well as very helpful drawings. It's difficult to put the book down. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for sub fans 15 Feb 2014
By K. Mitchell VINE VOICE
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I've read quite a few submarine histories, but this one is particularly worthy of mention as it tells the story of British cold war subs from the perspective of the men actually driving the subs. There's a lot in here that you don't get in most other accounts of their antics and missions, and some info that is still not technically out in the open yet. There's some hair raising stuff going on out there that very few people ever get to hear about.
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By joalem
Format:Paperback
This book represents great value as it is a 270-page combination of no less than four other books in the Osprey series by the same author.

Chapters cover the types of U-boat in service during WW2, their appearance, weapons and tactics, bunkers and bases, and crews. It is full of useful information and history, and would be an excellent starting point for anyone wishing to have a comprehensive knowledge of the German submarine arm during the war.

The artwork in this volume is particularly good, and there are full colour diagrams, cutaways and profiles on practically every page, which complement the many original photographs of the subjects. The section on bunkers (from Williamson's book in the Osprey "Fortress" series) is probably the best section and comprehensively portrays their construction, function and inner workings.

Williamson's clearly expressed fondness for the subject and heartfelt admiration for the engineering and crews of the U-boats may seem distasteful to some despite the intervening years; in my opinion he balances this by making pains to point out the cost in slave labour for the construction of the U-boat bunkers, and particularly the Bremen construction bunker for the Type XXI. Then again, he also makes a strong case for the privations of the German crewman and his relative lack of politicisation, contrary to Allied propaganda and postwar legacy. The vast majority of U-boat losses occurred in the last part of 1944-45 and took on the proportions of a turkey shoot - Williamson emphasises the 80% casualty rate among U-boat crews, to attempt to offset the extraordinary toll of Allied merchant shipping which their predecessors took earlier in the war.

Overall I would recommend this book over any similar title due to the amazing amount of information and its excellent visuals for a relatively cheap price.
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars uboat reference 18 Aug 2005
By jim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
since there is no review for this great book.. here goes.
this is only about uboats and deals with all uboat types
technically and their support structure and personel.
it does not deal much with individual boats but some time is spent on history and operations.
It is an excellent reference on uboat bases and bunkers.
the uboat crew and ranks are covered and weapons and tactics are detailed.
There are many photos and some illustrations that I would like to get prints of.
the pc uboat game silent hunter 3 is as good as its top ratings
indicate and it ties in well to this book.
the book is a great value for the serious military reader.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent introductory primer (3.5 stars) 22 April 2011
By Yoda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book, like many of the larger in the Osprey series, is an anthology of previously published Osprey titles. In this particular case, as another reviewer has noted, the publications include: Fortress 3: 'U-Boat Bases and Bunkers 1941-45', Warrior 36: 'Grey Wolf: U-Boat Crewman of World War II' and New Vanguards 51 and 55: 'Kriegsmarine U-Boat 1939-45 (1) and (2)'.

The sections on the development of the U-boats and their tactics between and during the war and quite rudimentary for anyone with more knowledge than that of a novice. Hence these would only be of value of someone new to the field. These chapters provide a very good and succinct overview albeit contain nothing new or anything said before. For those looking for more detail on tactics this reviewer would recommend another book in the Osprey series, "U-Boat Tactics in World War 2" as well as "The U-boat Commander's Handbook" (an English translation of an official Kriegsmarine handbook). For those seeking an overview of life on u-boats from the perspective of u-boat crews this reviewer recommends "U-BOAT Combat Missions" by Lawrence Patterson (one of the world's leading authors on u-boats).

The section on the U-Boat crews is a little more illuminating in that the original publication it was based on "Warrior 36: 'Grey Wolf: U-Boat Crewman of World War II", provided quite a bit of detail (especially photos and illustrations) regarding medals, dress, kit, etc. Hence for those interested in figurine building this would be a very good cost-effective resource. In addition, there is discussion on training, background of crews (especially how the Kriegmarine preferred to recruit those with mechanical skills) and how the caliber of personnel deteriorated over time as the war progressed (although no explicit discussion is given on how this affected U-Boat performance).

The section on fortified U-boat bunkers was probably the best. Very well illustrated. Really showed how these were constructed, how they looked when completed (complete with detailed cut-outs and photos), what functions they performed and how they survived allied attack (quite well, despite the enormous resources the allies spent on trying to destroy them via air raids). The only real weakness of this section of the book is that it puts forward that false impression that the bases were invincible when the fact was the allies, at least starting in mid-1944, were starting to make progress in their tactics. By using precision high-attitude bombing with giants bombs (in the 10 ton range and above) they were actually starting to penetrate these bunkers. Unfortunately, no discussion of this or its implications is even made (or of German counter measures that may have been able to render these tactics ineffective such as smoke screens).

In summary, the book provides a good succinct introduction to the beginner. For those with more knowledge, little would be gained through the 3 or 4 hours required to complete the books.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book with lots of historical photos 25 Dec 2013
By Bullwinkle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I recommend this book to anyone interested in the actual history of WW-2. I have no idea where else you would find all these photos and details in one place.
3.0 out of 5 stars Misleadingly Titled and Depicted 9 Aug 2014
By Sherlock33 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Primarily a reference book. Excellent in that regard.
6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wolfpack 13 Feb 2007
By F. Emmett Evans - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The author put in a lot of research to produce this book and much of it is valid. However, when he says that Admiral Donitz tactic of staying on the surface and fighting attacking aircraft was ineffective I take issue with him. VP 205, my old squadron, lost three aircraft and crews in two weeks off Trinidad in the summer of 1943.
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