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Hitler's U-Boat Fortresses Hardcover – 1 Nov 2003
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"Bradham's Hitler's U-Boat Fortresses suggests new areas of research. The story of the defeat of the U-boat menace in World War II is about more than cracking codes, introducing carrier-based aircraft, and developing improved anti-submarine warfare technologies, but also includes the war against U-boat ports with the attendant "collateral" damage to civilians."-H-German
?Bradham's Hitler's U-Boat Fortresses suggests new areas of research. The story of the defeat of the U-boat menace in World War II is about more than cracking codes, introducing carrier-based aircraft, and developing improved anti-submarine warfare technologies, but also includes the war against U-boat ports with the attendant "collateral" damage to civilians.?-H-German
"A solid, informative and interesting recounting of the defeat of the Nazi armies. While detailing the efforts of the Allies to seize the headquarters of Hitler's submarine fleet, Bradham also provides fascinating individual anecdotes of the courage exhibited by American soldiers."-Ed Koch former mayor of New York City
"A compelling account of the people and events at Lorient and St. Nazaire that recounts the German invasion, nearly five years of occupation and Allied bombardment, and finally liberation after the German surrender. Of importance to all readers of World War II and military history, this book is a must read especially for those interested in the U-boat war."-James P. Duffy author of Hitler's Secret Pirate Fleet
"Randy Bradham did a great service by writing this book. Many of our colleagues from World War II are not around anymore, and for this veteran to step back and relate what happened 60 years ago is a most unexpected gift to our nation. I know veterans will want to read this; but I hope all Americans, especially the children, will read it so they understand the sacrifices their grandparents made so that future generations can enjoy the freedoms on which our country was founded."-Senator Ernest F. Hollings D-South Carolina
About the Author
RANDOLPH BRADHAM is a retired thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon who practiced in Charleston, South Carolina, for 40 years. Formerly a staff-sergeant squad leader in Company E, 262nd Regiment, 66th Infantry Division, he fought in Brittany against the Germans contained in St. Nazaire and Lorient.
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First of all as some other reviewers have pointed, the title is misleading: the coverage of the U Boat bases is quite reduced (those with a particular interest on the subject can find of interest the book of the same title in the Osprey "Fortress" series), even worse is the fact that there is almost no material about the layout or description of the fortresses which surrounded the ports used by the germans as U boot bases (again other titles can solve this gap: Rudi Rolf "Fortress Europa" or the Kaufmann books). The worst is the schematic description of the military operations around those "Festungen", the coverage of the french military units which took part is limited to some anecdotes, which tends to suggest that its participation was a minor affair, again this is untrue. The reader looking for coverage of the operations against the southern festungen (Grave-Royan, Oleron, Ile de Re, La Rochelle-La Pallice) is going to feel very disappointed, as was my case. Nothing is said of the Royan amphibious operation, which employed several thousands of troops mainly french units.
The book which is clearly amateurish, offers some interesting photos and sometimes valuable material, dispersed thru its pages. In my opinion however its worst flaws are the lack of a coherent structure which makes it difficult to read and boring and a title which is sadly misleading: it promises a lot but deliveres little. If the writer had chosen another title for his remembrance of world war two, perhaps it would have been less disappointing.
The book itself arrived timely and in completely acceptable condition, no issues there.