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Steel Boat Iron Hearts: A U-boat Crewman's Life Aboard U-505 Hardcover – 15 Feb 2005
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...successfully bridges the disparity in between U-505 as merely a modern museum exhibit and a place of validation and comfort for those who served aboard the vessel on its wartime patrols...provides a true account of his experiences aboard the U-505 and dispel rumors about life on the vessel... --Nautical Research Journal, 03/2010 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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HANS GOEBELER served as control-room mate aboard U-505 for all of his wartime service. He emigrated to the USA after the war and became active in organising reunions between his former crew-mates and members of the Guadalcanal Task Force that captured them. He died in 1999. JOHN VANZO teaches political science and geography at Bainbridge College, Georgia.
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Useful to understand how a WW2 german submarine behave (superficially, I mean).
In 1954, Han Goebeler read an article which informed him his beloved U-Boat was now part of an exhibition in Chicago and promptly moved with his wife to be near the machine that once meant so much to him. It wasn't long before he would be found giving personal talks to visitors. Over the years he also brought former adversaries together in reunions.
This book is his story. From those early beginnings in the Kriegsmarine until his death in 1999, he recalls just about everything that ever happened to him. He was not a Nazi, nor was he a demon or monster - just an ordinary man who was called upon to serve his country as did what any of us would do - he served. It is a moving story in which the reader will soon become gripped by the reality of life - and death!, on board a German U-Boat at time of war - although there is much to it than just that.
Rest in Peace Hans Goebeler - you earned it.
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