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First U-Boat Flotilla (Hardback)

Maritime Military

By Lawrence Paterson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780850528169
Published: 1st August 2001
Last Released: 1st August 2007



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Formed in 1935, 1st U-Boat Flotilla operated against Hitler's enemies from the very earliest stage of the War through to September 1944 when disbanded amid the flames of Brest (its operating base) during the US siege.

Many of the top German naval figures feature in this authoritative history including Karl Donitz, Otto Kretschemmer, Joachim Schepke and Erich Topp. The Flotilla took part in most major operations; the invasions of Norway, Belgium and France and the all-important Battle of the Atlantic. Over 75% of operational U-Boats were lost as the Allies' counter-measures and code-breaking successes took ever greater effect. This fascinating work records the Flotilla's successes and disasters in detail.

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 Lawrence Paterson

About Lawrence Paterson

Lawrence Paterson is an avid scuba diver whose interest in the U-boat war stems from having lived in France close to the Brest U-boat bunkers. He became President of the Brittany Marine Research Society dedicated to the discovery and survey of WW2 wrecks. Now living in Italy he writes books specialising in Kriegsmarine research.

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