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Unfortunately, I didn't do a review immediately after reading this book as I had just joined Goodreads at that time. So now after almost a year, I don't remember the tiny but interesting details that I would have liked to share here otherwise.But I do remember that this is an amazing book. This and its predecessor are the best books ever written about the U-boats.
Most of what I said about the first volume applies to this one as well. Unfortunately, a couple of my gripes about number one have magnified a bit here. In particular, Blair sometimes goes for long stretches in which he merely catalogs events in the most general of terms. While I’m sure this is invaluable to researchers and historians, there’s not much for the reader in page after endless page of “U-Whatever left Wherever on Date and made it to Location before being spotted by Airplane and/or Co...
If you like historical material about WWII era U-boats, and I do, this is a terrific book. I'll also mention the companion volume Hitler's U-Boat War: The Hunters 1939-1942. It's comprehensive and compiles the available documentation on the subject into a cohesive narrative that draws the reader along through the conflict in the Atlantic. It's one of the most educational things I've read.
An excellent detailed account of how the U-boats were utterly crushed by American, British, and Canadian forces in the 2nd half of WW2.
Picking up where he left off in Volume 1, Clay Blair continues with his masterful history of the war v. the German U-boats in World War II. Beginning in mid-1942, the U-boat campaign has reached its zenith and is now beginning to tilt in favor of the Allies. Increased protection via aircraft and escorts, as well as improvements in radar technology, have begun to take the sting out of the U-boats and they now are the hunted rather than the hunters.Once again Blair gives details on virtually every...
Book II, When the hunters become the hunted we are witness to the ghastly death statistics of the German U-Boat personnel, something above 80% death rate. Fact is stranger than fiction, there are stories of death and survival in this book that no Hollywood movie could portray and have you believe it. You get a cold chill reading this as the complete picture of life and death aboard a U-Boat, as did almost everyone who set foot in one. Nasty business, U-Boat war.
Incredibly detailed book recounting the last three years of the U-Boat war during World War II. The author clearly did his research with multiple interesting footnotes per page. Very riveting story with individual stories from both sides. Mind-boggling how the German U-boat sailors kept going out under near suicidal conditions near the end of the war.
This book is thoroughly detailed and exhaustive, It is not for the faint of heart. The author's writing is actually quite good but because of the detail and the repetitive nature of describing each U-boat's patrol, at times the reading is tedious.
During the second half of World War II the Americans and British navies learned out to counter the German submarine warfare and sharply reduced losses of shipping. The Americans even captured a German u-boat.
This book was recommended in either of the "Bookmarks" magazine's issues of: (Nov/ Dec 2007) or (Jan/ Feb 2008).
Part two of the best history of the Atlantic U-Boat campaign.
This is a comprehensive revue of why the U-Boats never stood a chance against the the better resourced allies. Very brave men in the U-Boats against very brave hunters with much better technology.
Volume 2 covers the period when it was increasingly unlikely that a U-Boat would return from patrol. A fascinating read and very comprehensive. The courage of combatants of all nations is obvious.