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Firsthand Accounts from World War II
By Wiggins, Melanie
Descripton: Focuses on the lives of 21 U-boat men who served in World War II. Twenty of them tell their stories in their own words; the last (Oskar Kusch, commander of U-154, who was executed in 1944 for the crime of "defeatism" after being denounced by his first officer) is remembered by several of his comrades. Besides reminiscences of a few of the more famous figures in the U-boat war (Kretschmer, Wattenberg, Koitschka, Hans Georg Hess), the stories of many junior officers and crewmen are included here. Consistent with its title, this book collects what each veteran considered to be the highlights of his wartime experiences, many dramatic and all interesting. Of special note is Georg Högel's account of the sinking of the Fanad Head by U-30. Foreword by Jürgen Rohwer. Boats covered include U-67, U-162, U-30, U-110, U-35, U-23, U-99, U-128, U-26, U-845, U-180, U-505, U-222, U-536, U-682, U-735, U-154, U-616, U-995, U-597, U-718, U-997, U-963, U-903, U-1205, U-518, U-999, U-103, U-196, U-195.
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From the uboat.net review: The author interviewed seventeen enlisted men and five commanders who served on U-boats in World War II. The interviews were conducted half a century after the end of that conflict, and several of those who provided their stories died soon after; thu ...