German U-Boat Losses During World War II (Hardback)
Details of Destruction
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No other publication on this subject comes even close to including the amount of detail provided in this book. An introduction both summarizes previous works on the subject and describes the difficulties of obtaining and verifying information from either the Germans or the Allies on U-boat losses.
The main part of the book lists by hull number each U-boat's date of commissioning, its commanding officer, and the date and port of departure for its last patrol. It also gives the date, position, and cause of loss of each submarine, with complete details on Allied units involved in the sinking, the names and ranks of their commanding officers and pilots, and the number of crew killed or rescued. An appendix neatly summarises data on the disposition of surviving U-boats at the end of the war and provides valuable statistical data on German U-boat losses.
As featured on History of War.History of War
...a greatly expanded revision of the author’s original 1998 work on the subject. Niestlé uses recently declassified documents and other newly found information, including examinations of actual wrecks, to correct the occasional errors in the original, some based on incorrect official information, and add details of many additional sinkings, so that the fate of only 63 U-boats remains unknown. Although his textual treatment is short, Niestlé manages to make a number of important points, perhaps most notably that more detailed research has revealed that mines were far more effective in sinking submarines than had been believed. Information on sinkings is in tabular form, supplemented by notes which are often quite informative. This is a work that is primarily for the serious student of naval operations, and particularly submarine warfare.The NYMAS Review
No other publication on this subject comes even close to including the amount of detail provided in this book on individual German submarines lost in World War II. In this fully update edition of this unique work, the results of sixteen years’ further research, including the results of dives on U-boat wrecks, have been incorporated to fill in many gaps and correct mistaken wartime reports. The fates of sixty-five U-boats have either been finally determined or corrected from the previous edition.Ton Class Association
Information given includes the hull number of each U-boat, its date of commissioning, commanding officer and the date and port of departure for its last patrol. It also gives the date, position, and cause of loss of each submarine, with complete details on Allied units involved in the sinking, the names and ranks of their commanding officers and pilots, and the number of crew killed or rescued.
Such a detailed compilation of up-to-date information on the whereabouts of every German U-boat contracted or impressed by the German Kriegsmarine between 1939-1945 will prove invaluable to scholars and enthusiasts alike.
In an age when online data bases provide immediate gratification for those seeking information on U-boats, Niestle's 'German U-boat Losses' will remain a definite source for years to come. The book is highly recommended for every serious scholar of the Atlantic war, and every library in naval history and the history of the Second World War.The Mariner's Mirror
Very highly recommended as an excellent tool for researchers and all those that are interested in naval history in World War II.Marine News
Essential reading... The book cannot be commended highly enough.Firetrench
There is no other book that details the German’s submarine losses in such detail as this volume. The level of detail is quite impressive and this edition is the result of 16 years of further research since the first edition. ... If you are seeking data on the fate of U-Boats then this book should be your “first place of call” – no other book has such detailed data.Military Archive Research
Represents a real bargain to all who are interested in knowing the real details of the sinkings/destruction of the U-Boats.Army Rumour Service
German U-Boat Losses During World War II - Details of Destruction is a fantastic and invaluable book for a U-boat researcher. I believe the in-depth information contained within this edition leaves little or no room for another book to be written on the same subject.Stand Easy Blog
This is an excellent book for those that are interested in naval military history in World War II and this is an excellent tool for all researchers.Paul Diggett
If you are interested in all the facts about the fate of all the WWII U-Boats, then this has to be the best reference you can find on the subject. The work that has gone into this, checking all the detail and updating it as new information has become available, has to be applauded.Military Modelling
This is a perfect reference guide for any U-Boat enthusiast and historian alike who wish to gain a more factual listing of U-Boat losses.MSC Reviews