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Memoirs: Ten Years and Twenty Days Paperback – 16 Feb 2012
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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The u-boat campaign goes into too much detail for me but will please academicians who read it: hence for me four stars.
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.
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.
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!
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