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The U-Boat Commanders (Kindle)

Knight’s Cross Holders 1939–1945

WWII Submarines Naval German Forces & Weaponry in WWII Naval Warfare WWII

By Jeremy Dixon
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
File Size: 59.8 MB (.mobi)
Illustrations: 210
ISBN: 9781526718747
eBook Released: 10th June 2019


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The Knight’s Cross (Ritterkreuz) was one of the highest decorations given for extreme acts of valour to all ranks of the German armed forces during the Second World War. Few awards captured the respect and admiration of the German public as the Knight’s Cross – it was the greatest honour one could achieve.

In the perilous and close-knit world of the U-boat crews the award of the decoration to their captain was an event of particular pride and sometimes it was even added to the boat’s insignia. In all, there were 123 recipients, including their commander-in-chief Karl Dönitz, and Jeremy Dixon’s highly illustrated book is the ideal guide to all these men and their wartime service.

A graphic text accompanied by almost 200 archive photographs describes the exploits of each of them, including those who received the higher grades of the award. Full details are given of their tours of duty, the operations they took part in, how they won their award, how many ships they sank and their subsequent careers.

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Barrow and Furness Submariners Association

This book contains graphic text and photographs—many from the author’s personal collection—that will appeal to those undertaking research, U-Boat enthusiasts, or indeed anyone interested in reading about the bravery of men facing overwhelming odds. This well-researched and well-presented book is very deserving of your consideration as the authoritative reference for the achievements of U-Boat Commanders who were awarded the Knight’s Cross.

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Australian Naval Institute

A solid, readable and informative resource.

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A Question Of Scale, Seb Palmer

The author has provided well-research text, together with a large number of images from archive stocks. This is both a recognition of extreme courage and a graphic insight into the skill, determination, persistence, raw courage, and comradeship.

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A fascinating insight into the service careers of some of the most feared U-Boat captains of WWII – the 123 Knight’s Cross Holders.
Highly recommended

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Scale Modelling Now

A book that you browse with pleasure and that reports, albeit briefly, with extreme detail the careers of all the submariners who received the prestigious German decoration.

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Old Barbed Wire Blog

A good book offering full biographies of the U-Boat commanders who won some of Germany’s highest honours in WW2. A seriously good reference book linking the commanders, their U-Boats and their victims. Despite some of them being indicted for war crimes they all considered they were doing their duty.

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