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4.0 out of 5 stars tense and claustrophobic, 26 Aug. 2004
This review is from: Iron Coffins: A U-boat Commander's War, 1939-45 (Paperback)
I bought this book more or less randomly to make up one of those Amazon 3 for £X deals, and I'm very glad I did.
Werner's writing is solid and descriptive as he tells of his actions during WWII. He was in the U-boot arm of the German navy, and his stories make fascinating reading. His style is very functional, almost stark, but he conveys the excitement, tension and drama of submarine warfare very well. You can't help but root for the submariners, even though they were the 'bad' guys. On the one hand that made me feel 'disloyal' to the Allies, but on the other hand it illustrates that not all Germans were evil Nazis...some were just soldiers doing what soldiers do. It is said that 'victors write history', and for that reason alone I think it's good to read books like this, just to keep things in balance. Besides that, it's a cracking adventure with lots of narrow escapes and daring escapades.
I've always wondered what it's like to be underwater in a metal tube with no windows, and this book definitely shows that you have to be pretty darn brave to do it! Definitely worth reading, even if you're not into 'military' type books.
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