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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you ever wanted to know about the German U-Boat.
From the earliest German submersible craft built in 1850 to the 12 vessels which are still in service with the modern Bundesmarine, this book will tell you almost everything you ever wanted to know about the German submarine. With plans, drawings and photographs, the U-Boats are listed in alpha-numeric order with all the technical information relevant to the specific...
Published on 24 Jan. 2005 by Ned Middleton

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1.0 out of 5 stars Feeble Encyclopedia
From the previous 5-star review, I can only presume that reviewer Ned Middleton knows practically nothing about U-boats, for to call this book an encyclopedia is a bit of a joke.
While it certainly lists all U-boats built, it provides practically no useful details of them or their operational use whatsoever. Most disappointing of all are the tables listing each...
Published on 29 Dec. 2010 by Ubootfahrer


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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you ever wanted to know about the German U-Boat., 24 Jan. 2005
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Ned Middleton (British professional underwater photo-journalist & author) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Encyclopedia of U-boats: From 1904 to the Present (Hardcover)
From the earliest German submersible craft built in 1850 to the 12 vessels which are still in service with the modern Bundesmarine, this book will tell you almost everything you ever wanted to know about the German submarine. With plans, drawings and photographs, the U-Boats are listed in alpha-numeric order with all the technical information relevant to the specific vessel. These details are followed by the fate of each craft.
As a junior officer, Dr Möller served briefly on both the Tirpitz and a type XXI U-boat during WW2 and is one of Germany's leading authorities on the subject of the U-Boat. I congratulate him on an excellent work.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Feeble Encyclopedia, 29 Dec. 2010
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Ubootfahrer (Portsmouth, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Encyclopedia of U-boats: From 1904 to the Present (Hardcover)
From the previous 5-star review, I can only presume that reviewer Ned Middleton knows practically nothing about U-boats, for to call this book an encyclopedia is a bit of a joke.
While it certainly lists all U-boats built, it provides practically no useful details of them or their operational use whatsoever. Most disappointing of all are the tables listing each U-boat, since these give no details of commanders, operational patrols or successes. Instead, there is merely a brief, single-line entry which, rather pointlessly, claims only to give each U-boat's fate, yet these are at best incomplete. The entry for U-516, for example, says only 'In Loch Eriboll 14 May 1945 following the German surrender', and while this U-boat did enter Loch Eriboll on that date, it had in fact surfaced and surrendered at sea on 10 May 1945 when west south west of Ushant. The U-boat was loaded with 13 tons of flour, 6 tons of cooking oil and 5 tons of butter which had been intended for for St. Nazaire. After being boarded by a party from HMS LOCH KATRINE, and after being inspected at Loch Eriboll, the U-boat was escorted to Lisahally, and finally foundered during Operation Deadlight on 3 January 1946. Compare this information with the one-line entry given in the 'encyclopedia', and it will immediately be obvious that that the book is nothing of the sort.
Another entry says that U-249 was 'At Portland 8 May 1945 at the time of the German surrender.' This is incorrect, as this U-boat was still at sea on that date and did not surface to surrender until the 9th, arriving at Weymouth on 10th. Again, there is no mention of this U-boat's true fate, i.e. that it was sunk by a torpedo fired by the British submarine TANTIVY in December 1945. A random check showed other errors or omissions; U-901 for instance, was not at Stavanger on 27 May 1945, but surrendered at sea on 13 May.
In another section, only a few commanders are noted, but of those selected, the achievements of Doenitz, Prien and Kretchmer are already so well known, and have been far better covered elsewhere, that the information given is superfluous.
In short, then, far from meeting the publisher's claim that this is a 'comprehensive reference book', I found it practically useless, as I feel sure will anyone else with even the most basic knowledge of U-boats.
As a Christmas present, I found it so disappointing that one star is being generous, and I will soon be donating my copy to a local charity shop.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Very Poor Encyclopedia, 1 Jan. 2011
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Ubootfahrer (Portsmouth, UK) - See all my reviews
To call this book an encyclopedia is a bit of a joke. While it certainly lists all U-boats built, it provides practically no useful details of them and no details whatsoever of their operational use. Most disappointing of all are the tables listing each U-boat, since these give no details of commanders, operational patrols or successes. Instead, there is merely a brief, single-line entry which, rather pointlessly, claims only to give each U-boat's fate, yet these are at best incomplete. The entry for U-516, for example, says only 'In Loch Eriboll 14 May 1945 following the German surrender', and while this U-boat did enter Loch Eriboll on that date, it had in fact surfaced and surrendered at sea on 10 May 1945 when west south west of Ushant. The U-boat was loaded with 13 tons of flour, 6 tons of cooking oil and 5 tons of butter which had been intended for the base at St. Nazaire. After being boarded by a party from HMS LOCH KATRINE and inspected at Loch Eriboll, the U-boat was escorted to Lisahally, and finally foundered during Operation Deadlight on 3 January 1946. Compare this information with the one-line entry given in the 'encyclopedia', and it will immediately be obvious that that the book is nothing of the sort.
Another entry says that U-249 was 'At Portland 8 May 1945 at the time of the German surrender.' This is incorrect, as this U-boat was still at sea on that date and did not surface to surrender until the 9th, arriving at Weymouth on 10th. Again, there is no mention of this U-boat's true fate, i.e. that it was sunk by a torpedo fired by the British submarine TANTIVY in December 1945. A random check showed other errors or omissions; U-901 for instance, was not at Stavanger on 27 May 1945, but surrendered at sea on 13 May.
In another section, only a few commanders are noted, but of those selected, the achievements of Doenitz, Prien and Kretchmer are already so well known, and have been far better covered elsewhere, that the information given is superfluous.
In short, then, far from meeting the publisher's claim that this is a 'comprehensive reference book', I found it practically useless, as I feel sure will anyone else with even the most basic knowledge of U-boats.
As a Christmas present, I found it so disappointing that one star is being generous, and I will soon be donating my copy to a local charity shop.
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