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An exciting insight of a U-boat crewmans life during WWII,
This review is from: Hirschfeld:The Secret Diary Of A U-Boat (Cassell Military Paperbacks) (Paperback)
Translated from the German by Geoffrey Brooks, the book chronicles the life of Wolfgang Hirschfeld from his conscription into the Kriegsmarine until his imprisonment in the USA and is convincingly written in the first person. The technical knowledge and detail enhance a human story expressing the German viewpoint of the war at sea coupled in the early days with the optimistic outlook of young men at war. Hirschfelds position as a radio operator embellishes the story with information not available to the majority of the crew and adds an extra dimension.
I found the book very enjoyable and probably the best of this genre that I have read. If you are not interested in Naval history however, there may not be enough here to keep you interested.