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The U-Boat War: A Global History 1939-45

The U-Boat War: A Global History 1939-45

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A unique perspective of the global history of U-boats during the entirety of the Second World War by Lawrence Paterson, one of the world's leading U-boat experts.

The accepted historical narrative of the Second World War predominantly assigns U-boats to the so-called Battle of the Atlantic, almost as if the struggle over convoys between the new world and the old can be viewed in isolation from simultaneous events on land and in the air. This has become an almost accepted error. The U-boats war did not exist solely between 1940 and 1943, nor did the Atlantic battle occur in seclusion from other theaters of action. The story of Germany's second U-boat war began on the first day of hostilities with Britain and France and ended with the final torpedo sinking on May 7, 1945. U-boats were active in nearly every theater of operation in which the Wehrmacht served, and within all but the Southern Ocean. Moreover, these deployments were not undertaken in isolation from one another; instead they were frequently interconnected in what became an increasingly inefficient German naval strategy.

This fascinating new book places each theater of action in which U-boats were deployed into the broader context of the Second World War in its entirety while also studying the interdependence of the various geographic deployments. It illustrates the U-boats' often direct relationship with land, sea and aerial campaigns of both the Allied and Axis powers, dispels certain accepted mythologies, and reveals how the ultimate failure of the U-boats stemmed as much from chaotic German military and industrial mismanagement as it did from Allied advances in code-breaking and weaponry.

Author: Lawrence Paterson
Publisher: Osprey Publishing (UK)
Published: 04/12/2022
Pages: 336
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.55lbs
Size: 9.30h x 6.30w x 1.30d
ISBN: 9781472848253

Review Citation(s):
Booklist 02/15/2022 pg. 14

About the Author
Lawrence "Larry" Paterson was born in Matamata, New Zealand and is a writer and researcher whose naval books have been published worldwide. He has researched German wrecks from World War II in Breton waters and spent a period of time as a member of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum Archive Working group, specializing in U-boat records. His first book First U-boat Flotilla was a direct result of his time near Brest.

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