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Memoirs of Karl Doenitz, The: Ten Year and Twenty Days by [Doenitz, Karl]
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His place in the history books has been determined by his prosecution of the Battle of the Atlantic, and it is untimately a testament to the quality of his writing that it is almost impossible not to sympathise with his fustrations, even when we are so painfully aware of the malevolent cause he fought for. --Military History Monthly

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These celebrated memoirs are the story of WWII, as told from the perspective of the German Navy's Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz. Credited with inventing U-boat tactics, he recounts his experiences over ten years as a U-boat commander and his twenty days as President of Germany. Explaining the Nazi regime as a product of its time, he argues that he was not a politician and thus not morally responsible for the regime's war crimes. He criticizes dictatorship as a fundamentally flawed form of government and blames it for much of the Nazi era's failings.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9085 KB
  • Print Length: 522 pages
  • Publisher: Frontline Books (19 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HESTAWA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
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I have always liked this man, and his book has strengthened my views on him. He fought the war with as much vigour as any good Royal Navy officer would have done, but Doenitze got penalised for it. The U boat war interests me for the sheer cold courage required to to the job. I found this book very interesting but if anything Doenitze goes into too much detail, but that I suppose is the way of all staff officers. He does though explain many of the individual u boat sea actions with very good detail, all very interesting to read. The uboats had it all there own way until the British and US underwater detection gear got uboats on the run in 1943. Doenitze was imprisoned for ten years in 1945, I would have like to have some mention of this in the book, also some mention of his sinking and capture by the British in 1917, he also has nothing to say about his capture in 1945, sad really. Doneitze comes over as a 'Man's man' he held the respect of Hitler and more importantly of his officers and ratings. One anecdote from another uboat captain's book that I read (Teddy Suhfren) He states:. " I was walking along the line of uboats and saw Adml Doenitze coming towards me, both of us were deep in thought" "It is Rosenmontag" said Doenitze why are you not out on the town?" " I replied " I have spent all my Reich marks" Doenitze turned to his aide and said. "Take him to my office and lend him 400 Marks from my fund.." I used to be part of the British army guard on Rudolf Hesse in Spandau prison in Berlin. The cells of the original seven inmates were minute and very dark, ten years would be a long time in passing in there. The prisoner's names were still painted on the doors. They just had the surnames, on one cell 'Doenitze' I apologise for going on a bit; however the book is a good read and interesting I highly recommend it
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Ten Years and Twenty Days is a direct reference to the 10 years Karl Doenitz spent as a U Boat commander and the 20 days he spent as Hitler's successor as Fuhrer of Germany.

Born in 1950 and growing up in a post-war Britain, we would play games where the Germans always lost - just like Cowboys and Indians. Much later in life, I began to research various ships and shipwrecks in connection with my scuba diving and I came across the name of Karl Doenitz time and again. Over many years I have come to respect this man for the way in which he conducted both himself and his branch of the war with Britain. Many British and Commonwealth sailors of the period considered him to be such an honourable enemy. It says much for the respect this man engendered that over 100 senior Allied Officers expressed their disappointment at his conviction and sentence. But then, to the victor go the spoils and the very person who succeeded Hitler was never going to remain a free man when others were being executed!

Having read so many accounts of this once great Admiral before reading his own memoirs, it is clear to me he was convicted of no more a crime than "being one of the enemy" and for that he served his ten years at Spandau. Others, of course, were directly responsible for the great human atrocities of WW2 and it was they who were either sentenced to death of life imprisonment.

I am sure there are those who will disagree with my assessment of this man - and, indeed, theirs may be more accurate. Nevertheless, this book reveals a great deal about an honourable man and is one which should be read by all those with an interest in Karl Doenitz the German Naval Officer in addition to Karl Doenitz the last Fuhrer - whose first task on succeeding Hitler was to seek peace.

I wish I could have met him!

NM
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This is a work of historical importance. I believe Doenitz to be a sincere man but cannot believe that he knew nothing about the "disappearance" of six million Jews & others. However, I think that his sentence at Nuremburg was harsh for an ostensibly military man and maybe "Victors' Justice" as Goering had it. Doenitz gives a very good account of the foolishness of the Americans demanding "unconditional surrender" and life and territory was lost as a result in the dying days of the war.

The u-boat campaign goes into too much detail for me but will please academicians who read it: hence for me four stars.
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A well documented account of the activities of this outstanding German admiral
Throughout WWll. A man respected on both sides of the conflict, and to be admired for his dedication of duty. A must read publication for the student of WWll history. Would certainly recommend.
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A brilliant account of Germany's head of Navy, the book is a historical, factual account of the war at sea and of Doenitz's leadership qualities. It's one that is hard not to put down, and a must read for anyone interested in military history
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It is interesting to see his side of the story and his devotion to the country and military life, when death and destruction "of your enemy" employs vast resources of a nation and, is a matter of celebration, which is quite difficult for someone, which have lived in peaceful times to understand.

In addition the book is quite factual and should be an important source of information for those researching such a unfortunate chapter of human history.
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