Donitz, U-Boats, Convoys (Paperback)
The British Version of His Memoirs from the Admiralty's Secret Anti-Submarine Reports
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The memoirs of Admiral Karl Dnitz, Ten Years and Twenty Days, are a fascinating first-hand account of the Battle of the Atlantic as seen from the headquarters of the U-boat fleet. Now, for the first time noted naval historian Jak P. Mallmann Showell has combined Dnitzs memoirs in a parallel text with the British Admiraltys secret Monthly Anti-Submarine Reports to produce a unique view of the U-boat war as it was perceived at the time by both sides.
The British Monthly Anti-Submarine Reports were classified documents issued only to senior officers hunting U-boats, and were supposed to have been returned to the Admiralty and destroyed at the end of the War, but by chance a set survived in the archives of the Royal Navys Submarine Museum in Gosport, allowing the reader a hitherto unavailable insight into the British view of the Battle of the Atlantic as it was being fought.
Together with the authors commentary adding information that was either unknown or too secret to reveal at the time, this book gives possibly the most complete contemporary account of the desperate struggle in the North Atlantic in the Second World War.
This book gives a unique combined account of the Battle of the Atlantic from both the German & British viewpoints. The author, Jak P. Mallmann Showell combines the memoirs of Admiral Karl Donitz & the Admiralty Monthly Anti-Submarine Reports which together gives possibly the most complete contemporary account of the desperate struggle in the North Atlantic during WWII.Ton Class Association
A most interesting book and well worth its place on the bookshelf.Marine News
The basic idea of this book is excellent. The author takes Dönitz's memoirs and compares them to the wartime British reports on the U-boat war to see how differently the two sides viewed the progress of the conflict. There are also extracts from special reports on individual weapons as they were introduced and on the radar and radio wars.historyofwar.org
The result is a fascinating and very valuable contribution to the historical literature on the U-boat war, giving us a clear idea of how the British saw things at the time.
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Good Comparative History. Donitz, U-boats, Conveys is an interesting and well researched book by Jak P. Mallmann Showell that gives two sides of the same story. This is a fantastic read especially for those who have a naval history interest or students of the sea battles of the Second World War. This book uses Donitz’s own memoirs along with the reports from the Admiralty in London that give a parallel view of the U-boat war that was raging around the commercial supply routes to and from the UK. This added to the insightful commentary provided by the author makes for interesting reading and also helps to shed light on important areas of war that is often forgotten until too late how to cut the supply lines.Paul Diggett
Donitz commanded the German submarine force through WWII, coming close to winning the Battle of the Atlantic. As a naval commander, he was outstanding and took great interest in his submarine crews.reviews.firetrench.com
What the author has done very successfully is to merge and compare the Donitz memories with the British Monthly Anti-Submarine Reports. It is a happy accident that these secret Admiralty reports failed to be returned to the Admiralty at the end of the war to be destroyed. One set survived in the archives of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum at Gosport.
The book includes a monochrome photo plate section and provides a unique review of the submarine war from both sides. Any reader with an interest in WWII and submarines cannot afford to miss this book.