Facebook Twitter Youtube Instagram Pinterest LinkedIn

Black Flag (Hardback)

The Surrender of Germany's U-Boat Forces on Land and at Sea

Maritime Seaforth: Iron & Steel Seaforth

By Lawrence Paterson
Seaforth Publishing
ISBN: 9781848320376
Published: 21st August 2009
Last Released: 30th September 2009

in_stock

£25.00


You'll be £25.00 closer to your next £10.00 credit when you purchase Black Flag. What's this?

+£4 UK Delivery or free UK delivery if order is over £30
(click here for international delivery rates)

Need a currency converter? Check XE.com for live rates

Other formats available Price
Black Flag Kindle (36.8 MB) Add to Basket £9.00
Black Flag ePub (27.8 MB) Add to Basket £9.00


On the eve of Germany's surrender in May 1945, Grossadmiral Karl Dönitz commanded thousands of loyal and active men of the U-boat service. Still fully armed and unbroken in morale, enclaves of these men occupied bases stretching from Norway to France, where cadres of U-boat men fought on in ports that defied besieging Allied troops to the last. At sea U-boats still operated on a war footing around Britain, the coasts of the United States and as far as Malaya.

Following the agreement to surrender, these large formations needed to be disarmed - often by markedly inferior forces - and the boats at sea located and escorted into the harbours of their erstwhile enemies. Neither side knew entirely what to expect, and many of the encounters were tense; in some cases there were unsavoury incidents, and stories of worse. For many Allied personnel it was their first glimpse of the dreaded U-boat menace and both sides were forced to exercise considerable restraint to avoid compromising the terms of Germany's surrender.

One of the last but most dramatic acts of the naval war, the story of how the surrender was handled has never been treated at length before. This book uncovers much new material about the process itself and the ruthless aftermath for both the crews and their boats.

A most interesting record.

Baird Publications - Nov 2011

Paterson peppers his excellent book with first-hand accounts from captors and captives.

Navy News- Nov 2009
 Lawrence Paterson

About Lawrence Paterson

Lawrence Paterson has a long-standing interest in the Kriegsmarine.

More titles by Lawrence Paterson

Other titles in Seaforth Publishing...