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Good Historical Details,
This review is from: Enigma: The Battle For The Code (Hardcover)
The Folio Edition is the 2001 update of the 2000 ed. of Enigma: Battle for the Code with "minor emendations" -- I placed this review elsewhere and share it here, "I enjoyed The Folio Society ed. (2005) of this book for its historical content. I, however, would like to be able to contact the author (doesn't seem to be easy to do -- probably my fault) as on page 322, para 3, last line, it is stated that the "parents" of crew members only learned that they were alive when returned to Germany in 1947. I realize that repatriation of POWs was at times a lengthy process for a variety of reasons. I, however, note that there was a U.S. Navy Department public press and radio release dated May 16, 1945 (shortly after V.E. Day) which included this, "Fifty-eight survivors (including the captain) from the U-505's crew of 59 were rescued and imprisoned in the United States." I guess that my question is, "Did the story slip through the cracks and German authorities not get word about the U-505 POWs? BTW, the U-505 became a museum piece in 1954 (Chicago) and there is a fantastic website (kudos to the webmaster) about the U-505 and other U-boat subjects at http://uboatarchive.net/(less)" Despite my question, the book is an excellent read and details that things were more complicated than many are aware of. The heart of the story actually begins in 1931 with more than a little intrigue.