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Wolfpack: The U-Boat War and the Allied Counter-Attack, 1939-1945 Paperback – 22 Apr 2002


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Spellmount Publishers Ltd (22 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862271585
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862271586
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 2 x 31 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,476,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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(Location: S England) is a lecturer at the Joint Services Command and Staff College and King's College, London where he teaches subjects relating to air and maritime power.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Feb 2003
Format: Paperback
Before I embarked on this review, I studied most carefully the previous comments penned by the contributor from Kent who likens himself to a Spitfire IX. It would have been easy to allow myself to be inhibited by his "apparent" knowledge - so I then read the book again. Mr Spitfire sets out (anonymously.) to rubbish this book in such an unfair manner that I can only presume he was working to a hidden agenda. For example, the selection of images are neither appalling nor inappropriate and the two Wellington images are very different. Whilst there may be one or two typographical errors somewhere, this book contains 176 pages and 70 thousand words. By comparison, there are far more spelling, typographical, factual and grammatical errors in Mr Spitfire's own review of just 250 words. It is, therefore, very difficult to trust the content of a review where the writer is clearly lacking the basic skills of spelling, grammar and argument.

The one thing with which I do agree, however, is that the book's text is basically accurate - so where's the problem?

"Wolfpack - The U-Boat War and the Allied Counter-Attack 1939-1945" is a large format, hard-backed book measuring 12½" x 9¼" and containing 176 pages of text and illustrations of one form or another. The book has been carefully laid out so as to portray those events of WW2 featuring the U-Boat in chronological order. With at least one image on every page, we commence with an introductory chapter on the story of U-Boats in WW1. From here, the author brings us forward - chapter by chapter and event by event to the final reckoning at the end of WW2.
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3 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "spitfireix" on 28 Dec 2002
Format: Paperback
Read "Business on Great Waters" John Terraine for text, "Wolf Pack", P Kaplan, or "Battle of the Atlantic" BBC Books For Photographs. This book has a basic, acurate text which fills the space between colour profile plates and photographs.
It is a picture book, and that is the rub. The profiles are the old tired favourites seen for the 99th time. The selection is appaling,inappropriate and surely selected because the publisher had them available.
The same Wellington profile repeated on two different pages with no relevance to the text.Two profiles of Swordfish, with the same caption emphasing their role at Taranto.
At least two Destroyer Profiles miscaptioned, A US Gearing Class identified as a RN VW destroyer,later a RN late war destroyer identified as a Gearing class. A RN destroyer described as a US destroyer sunk at battle of Coral Sea, A battle highly significant to the war in the Atlantic,NOT!
The Photos are eclectic, half page for Admiral King, tiny picture near end for Donitz, big picture near front for Raeder,
no picture of Max Horton, no picture of any Allied Captains.
No diagrams describing tactics or strategy.
This book has been thrown together from available material with little thought or consideration, and no original work.It's one redeeming grace is an excellent intro essay on WW1 U Boats but at this price it is a con.
There are far better books available on this subject...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An excellent starting point. 7 Mar 2003
By Ned Middleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book contains 176 pages and 70 thousand words and it says much about the author's attention to detail that I was unable to find any errors.

"Wolfpack - The U-Boat War and the Allied Counter-Attack 1939-1945" is a large format, hard-backed book measuring 12½" x 9¼" and containing 176 pages of text and illustrations of one form or another. The book has been carefully laid out so as to portray those events of WW2 featuring the U-Boat in chronological order. With at least one image on every page, we commence with an introductory chapter on the story of U-Boats in WW1. From here, the author brings us forward - chapter by chapter and event by event to the final reckoning at the end of WW2.

As each new development in this aspect of warfare unfolds within the narrative, we are treated to a boxed "snapshot" of either a type of submarine, aircraft, ship or weapons system relevant to the text. Each of these comprises an example of the excellent artwork of Tony Gibbons/Aerospace Publishing to which is added the salient technical information. In addition, the impressive collection of historic photographs cover every conceivable aspect of the subject in question.

For those with an interest in U-Boat Warfare of WW2, I would suggest this book is an excellent starting point.

NM
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