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This review is from: Steel Boat, Iron Hearts: A U-Boat Crewman's Life Aboard U-505 (Paperback)
As a true account of U-Boat warfare from a 'sailor's' perspective its fine - if a little juvenile. However, the problem (for me) arose in the author's personal view-or lack of-on the FACTS surrounding Germany's role in WW2. Although he (and some other reviewers) have mentioned his 'normal' reasons for fighting were the same as soldiers throughout the ages, he never acknowledges Germany's culpability in the war's inception. Its therefore unclear whether Herr Goebeler agreed with his nation's role or not. In one passage (p.116) for instance, he is writing about an allied (the USA and Britain) air raid on the French city of Lorient where the German navy had one of its U-Boat bases and where he sees the destruction of what was formerly a beautiful old church; "It angered me that nothing was to be left sacred in this war [I'm with him so far...]. I cursed the unholy alliance between the British capitalists and the Russian communists [no mention of the Americans here!?], whose brutal determination to conquer Germany [...come again!] and incorporate it into their empires was bringing such destruction to Europe"... At this point I struggled to read on past what can only be described as nazi, propagandist drivel. Also, bear in mind that he wrote the book many years after the war was over in his new 'adopted' homeland of the United States (hence, no doubt, the lack of reference to the USA's role in the bombing offensive). It therefore can't be that he 'didn't know' about the truth of Germany's role. He referes many times to the (admitedly brutal) air raids of the later war years on German cities and the catastrophic loss of civilian lives - Yet never, I repeat NEVER, does he discuss even in passing the Luftwaffe's bombing of Warsaw, Rotterdam, Coventry etc etc. In my opinion this is an author who still had a political axe to grind -- but who knew not to grind it about his new 'homeland' of the USA.