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The Story of a U-boat NCO, 1940-1946
By Brooks, Geoffrey told by Wolfgang Hirschfeld
Descripton: The story of Wolfgang Hirschfeld, whose diaries Geoffrey Brooks has translated. The principal chapters describe his experiences during six war patrols in U-109, in which he served as the senior telegraphist. From the foreword by Jak P. Mallmann-Showell: "This book, based on a secret diary of a U-boat radio operator, ranks as one of the most outstanding documents of the Second World War. It is unique inasmuch as it is probably the only German diary written by a non-commissioned officer as the events unfold. The keeping of private records was so strictly forbidden that discovery would have resulted in a court martial. Wolfgang Hirschfeld witnessed almost the whole period of the Battle of the Atlantic and his position enabled him to be better informed than many officers."
From the uboat.net review: This is a unique book based on a highly secret diary kept by Wolfgang Hirshfeld during the war. Had these documents been found he would have been court-martialed. We enjoy his risks today in this fine book. Hirschfeld writes about his entry into ...