Grey Wolves is the story of the U-Boat War between 1939 - 1945 which has been well researched by Philip Kaplan and is a wonderful addition to the history of Naval War History. This book captures the life on board and is taken from letters, diaries, journals and poetry.
This book points out that the submariners where not mere volunteers but were hardened men of the sea. What comes through this book is the harshness of life below water in the hunt for allied shipping how claustrophobic hot and quite unsanitary it was.
Kaplan has managed to capture the feel of being onboard a U-Boat and he writes and edits the documents in such a way that you get a very vivid picture of the men who fought and for those who died. The battles the U-Boats took part in are often overlooked but they had a task which they carried out knowing they were being hunted like wolves as allies knew it was kill or be killed. The battles above and below sea were important to keeping Britain in the war, fed and supplied. This book gives the men's view of that war in what was a massive ongoing battle across the six years of war.
Let's remember that there is a U-Boat memorial near Kiel that records the death of the men who went to sea and never able to go home and the figures really do make you think! Of the 39,000 men that went to war under the sea 27,491 were killed in action, some 5,000 became POWs. There were 863 U-Boats that eventually went to war, of which 754 were lost.
This is poignant books that brings their hopes and despair to life and is a great addition to the Naval War Canon.
I must say every book I have had has been first rate this one is no exception . The descriptions of life onboard at times are unbelievable and at times hard to believe that both captain and crew are around 20 to 25 years of age. This is a book for all readers who share an interest in men of the kriegsmarine.
Badly written, badly edited, full of WHOLE PAGES of quotes taken straight from other books (like James Goodson's "Tumult in the Clouds", and an absurd combat report reproduction of an American B-17 crew claiming to have shot down EIGHT Fock WUlfs in one sortie...), full of technical errors.
The book seems like a rushed job to get a fast cash, writing about a famous topic of WW II.
It does not serve even as an introduction to the theme.