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U-Boats Beyond Biscay (Hardback)

Dönitz Looks to New Horizons

Maritime > Naval WWII > German Forces & Weaponry WWII > Hitler & the Third Reich

By Bernard Edwards
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
Pages: 204
ISBN: 9781473896055
Published: 4th May 2017



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On the outbreak of war in 1939 Admiral Donitz's U-boat flotillas consisted of some thirty U-boats fully operational, with only six to eight at sea at any one time. Their activities were restricted mainly to the North Sea and British coastal waters.

When France fell in the summer of 1940, the ports in the Bay of Biscay gave direct access to the Atlantic, and the ability to extend their reach even to. The Royal Navy was unable to escort convoys much beyond the Western Approaches. In a short time, the Allies were losing 500,000 tons of shipping a month, every month.

Donitz now looked over the far horizons, Americas Eastern Seaboard, the coasts of Africa, and the Mediterranean, where Allied merchantmen habitually sailed alone and unprotected. There was a rich harvest to be gathered in by the long range U-boats, the silent hunter-killers, mostly operating alone. This book tells their story.

Overall this book contains some interesting stories from the U-boat war, but a bit more scene setting and background information would have been useful.

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History of War, John Rickard

The author, a former merchant marine captain with forty years experience, has developed a second career as a successful naval historian. – The tonnage of U-Boat books must rival a months sinkings in WWII, but here is a book that provides fresh insight into one of the least reviewed aspects of the U-Boat war – Highly Recommended.

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In U-Boats of Biscay, the author tells the story of each Nazi submarine deployment in these new ares of operation, and of the merchant ships that suffered the consequences. His engaging, novelistic style of writing is underpinned by extensive research; all his sources are detailed in the bibliography and there is a comprehensive index to help students use this book as a work of reference.

A good read for Second World War buffs looking to add a new perspective to their book collection.

Nautilus August 2017
 Bernard Edwards

About Bernard Edwards

Bernard Edwards pursued a sea-going career commanding ships trading worldwide. After nearly forty years afloat. Captain Edwards settled in a tiny village in rural South Wales, to pursue his second career as a writer. His extensive knowledge of the sea and ships has enabled him to produce many authentic and eminently readable books which have received international recognition. Beware Raiders!, Attack and Sink!, The Cruel Sea Retold, The Quiet Heroes, Twilight of the U-Boats, Death in the Doldrums, The Road to Russia, The Wolf Packs Gather, The Decoys and U-boats Beyond Biscay have been published by Pen and Sword Books.

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