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Great Book about a controversial U boat Captain
on 28 October 2003
I bought this book because it had been ages since I read "Iron Coffins" and always had an interest in WW2 Naval History. I was expecting a plain "German side" account of sinking merchant ships and getting depth charged, a book version of "Das Boot" if you will. I was therefore pleasantly surprised by Jordan Vause's writing and analysis which clearly surpassed these ho-hum expectations. The author presents a distinctly human Captain, who has both faults and virtues, and also dramatically recounts how he and his crew overcame failures, and basked in their early successes in Germany's 2nd futile war against Russia and the Western Democracies. They also ultimately fight their war in exotic locales, like off the South African coast, and even the Indian Ocean! And as a finale, the book ends with the Captain's controversial and thought provoking murder or suicide, which can never be truly resolved. The book also describes numerous leadership traits and excercises which the commander employed to keep his crew focused and in high spirits.
Even if you have only passing interest in WW2 this book is extemely interesting. If you are a little bit of a history nut as I am, this book is a MUST buy.