WWI Naval Warfare Books

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Kaiserliche Marine U-Boote 1914-1918

by - Dufeil, Yves
Dictionnaire biographique des commandants de la marine imperiale allemande
2011, Hstomar Publications
book is in French language
Career information on German U-boat Commanders of WWI. Possible to read online at http://fr.calameo.com/read/000802552841bc1ae847e.


Hostile Sea

by - Corkill, Andrian
The U-boat Offensive around the Isle of Man during World War One
2013, Adrian Korkill
ISBN 9780954011529
Glossy paperback, 178 pages
book is in English language

From the publisher: This is the story of the events in the seas around the Isle of Man during World War One. In early 1915 Germany declared an unrestricted U-Boat campaign on Allied shipping forcing the British government to censor the British press with regard to all attacks on shipping, a move designed to prevent Germany learning of the true effectiveness of their campaign. As a result of this censorship, which also extended to the newspapers in the Isle of Man, few people today are aware to the extent of the German maritime offensive and the events that unfolded around the Isle of Man in the years between 1915 and 1918. Thirty vessels were sunk and many others narrowly escaped a similar fate after being attacked by U-Boats. Truly shocking was the terrible loss of life with over 400 souls perishing. The events that unfolded around the Isle of Man were a small, but significant part of the overall offensive, which came so very close to starving Britain into submission and winning the war for Germany.

This book will prove invaluable to those interested in local and maritime history, World War One or those investigating a family ancestor involved in the action. The information on wreck sites and how to locate them on the seabed with reliable GPS coordinates also provides the sports diver and boat angler with the premier guide on World War One shipwrecks around the Isle of Man.

You can order it through http://www.hostilesea.com.




German Submarine Warfare 1914-1918 in the Eyes of British Intelligence

by - Koerver, Hans Joachim
2010, LIS Reinisch
ISBN 3902433795
786 pages
book is in English language

The book is completely based on British Admiralty WWI sources from the National Archives, Kew, UK: prisoner statements, Intelligence analysis, deciphered W/T, reports of sunken ships. It offers an incredible amount of detail about German Submarine Warfare 1914-1918: the technical design of the German submarines, their officers and men, their tactics, their cruises, their victims and their opponents.

Everything you need to know about the first submarine war and its theatres of war spreading from the US East Coast to the Mediterranean and from the Arctic to West Africa, about food and life on board, the careers of ordinary sailors, petty officers and officers, about aces like von Arnauld de la Periere with 500.000 BRT of ships sunk, about the German submarine construction program and the training of the crews.



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K Boat Catastrophe

by - N.S. Nash
EIGHT SHIPS AND FIVE COLLISIONS: The full story of the 'Battle' of the Isle of May
2009, Pen and Sword
ISBN 1844159841
Hardcover, 224 pages
book is in English language
The "Battle of the Isle of May" was one of the strangest episodes during WWI and was suppressed for decades after the war. During the night of 31 Jan 1918 8 ships were involved in 5 collisions that resulted in 2 submarines being lost with 104 officers and men.




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The Starvation Blockades

by - Hawkins, Nigel
Naval Blockades of WW1
2002, Leo Cooper
ISBN 0850529085
Hardcover, 262 p., 23 illustr., in-text maps
book is in English language
Fairly balanced account of the British naval blockade of Germany 1914-18 and the German counter-blockade, which culminated in the unrestricted U-boat campaign in 1917. Explores political, strategic, economic, legal and military aspects. Illustrates the fateful spiral of reprisals and counter-reprisals and the effects on neutrals, especially the US.

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Titanic and Other Ships

by - Lightoller, Charles Herbert
1935, Ivor Nicholson & Watson
Hardcover, 344 pages
book is in English language
This book details the wildly adventurous career of Titanic officer Charles Herbert Lightoller. After surviving the Titanic disaster, Lightoller went on to command a torpedo boat in the Nore Defence Flotilla, and two destroyers of the Dover Patrol. A first-hand account, giving a vivid picture of how the "gentlemen of the other firm" felt towards the U-boats. Lightoller sank Werner Fürbringer's UB-110, and it is interesting to compare his account of their encounter with the one in Fips. The hardcover edition is a rarity, there is also a paperback edition, published by Bay Tree Press, which is more readily obtained. There is a hypertext at http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks03/0301011h.html


Amenez les couleurs!

by - Von Trapp, Georg
(Lower the flag!)
U-14 ex-Curie
1936, Nouvelle Revue Critique
240 pages
book is in French language
Memoir of commander of U-5 and U-14.


Les sous-marins allemands devant New-York

by - Beckmann, A.
(German submarines off New York)
1935, Payot
11 photos, 1 drawing
book is in French language
The author was L.I. on U-117.


Warships & Sea Battles of World War I

by - Fitzsimons, Bernard (editor)
1973, Phoebus, London
ISBN 0702600040
Hardcover, 160 pages, numerous photos, maps and drawings
book is in English language
This book presents a comprehensive account of the First World War at sea, and of the ships that fought that war.


Baltic Assignment

by - Wilson, Michael
British Submariners in Russia: 1914-1919
1985, Leo Cooper, London
ISBN 0436578018
Hardcover, 244 pages, 23 photos, 5 maps
book is in English language
This is the story of Max Horton, Noel Laurence and Francis Cromie, together with their gallant crews and those other submariners who fought for their country, and for Russia, in the Baltic during the period from 1914 to 1918, and then on into 1919.


Los corsarios submarinos

by - Thomas, Lowell
(Raiders of the Deep)
1932, Ediciones y Publicaciones IBERIA
Hardcover, 90 pages, 66 photos
book is in Spanish language
Mr. Thomas wrote this book in the early 1920s, traveling to Germany to interview many of the U-boat skippers and crews from the Kaiser's U-boat fleet. It's written in a "Boys Own" style and conveys a real sense of excitement and adventure with every page. There are stories of surface gun battles with Q ships, the campaigns against the U.S. east coast in 1918, the sinking of several British battleships off Gallipoli, the hair-raising exploits of the Flanders Flotilla, and many more stories of torpedo malfunctions and unbelievably lucky escapes, e.g., "the torpedo that jumped over a boat."
- This book has been translated from another language


El Navío Negro

by - Witschetzky, F.
(The Black Ship)
Las hazañas del Crucero Auxiliar Wolf durante la Gran Guerra 1916-1918
1930, Editorial Iberia
Paperback, 182 pages. 23 photos, 1 map
book is in Spanish language
This is the history of the high scoring German corsair Wolf, which was at sea in difficult conditions in the North and South Atlantic for fifteen months without coming into port, refuelling and resupplying from the ships that she captured. At the end of this time, the ship, presumed missing, appeared in Kiel harbor with a valuable treasure.


Das Schwarze Schiff

by - Von Mücke, Hellmuth
(Ayesha)
The Odyssey of Emden's Landing Team 1914-1915
1931,
Paperback, 272 pages. 21 photos, 1 map
book is in German language
The author was Captain of Corbeta of the Reichsmarine. This book details the odyssey of 50 of the Emden's crew (before the ship was sunk) who set sail on a rotting sailing ship pursued by the British fleet across the Pacific they reached Africa. They then crossed the desert to Turkey and finally reached Germany.
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Ayesha

by - Von Mücke, Hellmuth
(Ayesha (The Odyssey of the Emden's Landing Team 1914-1915))
La Odisea del Equipo de Desembarco del Emden 1914-1915)
1931, Editorial Iberia
Paperback, 272 pages, 21 photos, 1 map
book is in Spanish language
The author was Captain of Corbeta of the Reichsmarine. This book details the odyssey of 50 of the Emden's crew (before the ship was sunk) who set sail on a rotting sailing ship pursued by the British fleet across the Pacific they reached Africa. They then crossed the desert to Turkey and finally reached Germany.
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Los Coolies del Kaiser

by - Plivier, Theodor
(The Kaiser's Coolies)
Novela de la Marina de Guerra Alemana
1930, Editorial Iberia
Paperback, 416 pages
book is in Spanish language
A novel of the Reichsmarine in World War I.


The Commerce War

by - Taylor, Carl T.
Unarmed Merchant Ships against German Submarines in World War I
1999, Mountain Empire Publications, Clifton Forge, VA, USA
ISBN 0966470915
Paperback, 104 pages
book is in English language
Thie book is fiction, but many incidents are basically true. It should be accurate historically.

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Ludzie glebin

by - Umiastowski, Roman
(People of the Deep)
The Underwater War
1929, Glowna Ksiegarnia Wojskowa, Warsaw
Paperback, 328 pages, 20 b&w photos, chapter illustrations
book is in Polish language
An anthology of submariner stories from the Great War, compiled from numerous books on underwater war. Covers German submarines on the prowl for the Allied merchant ships, Allied hunter-submarines, Q-Ships, advanced ASW countermeasures, including WW1 sonar gear in some details, mine warfare. Includes a photo of a concrete German submarine bunker – just like La Pallice, but 20 years earlier!


WW I - Marinekorps Flandern

by - Ryheul, Johan
German Naval Air Service at the Western Front 1914-1918
2002, Regulus One Publishing
ISBN 9080745219
Stapled, 60 pages, 115 photos
book is in English language
7 pages of history of all 24 units and exclusive photos such as of the attack of seaplanes on the British C25 submarine.


World War One - Marinekorps Flandern

by - Ryheul, Johan
U-Flottille Flandern I and II
2002, Regulus One Publishing
ISBN 90807452111
Photobook, stapled, 80 pages, 149 photos
book is in English language
7 pages of history on the U-Flottille Flandern I and II and the harbours of Brugge, Zeebrugge and Oostende. Photos of these harbours, the submarines that operated from these harbours, the British raid on St. George's Day 1918 and action photos at sea such as ships being hit by a torpedo, sinking, crews asking for help,...


The Kaiser's Pirates

by - Walter, John
German Surface Raiders in World War One
1994, United States Naval Inst.
ISBN 1557504563
Hardcover, 192 pages, numerous b&w photos and maps
book is in English language




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Verschollen

by - Messimer, Dwight R.
World War I U-Boat Losses
2002, United States Naval Inst.
ISBN 155750475X
Hardcover, 341 pages, numerous b&w photos and maps
book is in English language
Until now, finding reliable information on U-boats lost during World War I required fluency in German and a great deal of time. Not only was little information available in English but also German sources were difficult to track down and provided the barest of facts. Long in the making, this new reference fills the needs both of researchers looking for details of lost submarines and readers who enjoy action and adventure. It provides a comprehensive examination of each of the 203 U-boats that the Germans lost in the war. Fluent in German and at home in war archives, Dwight Messimer offers for the first time individual narratives of the men who survived their boat's sinking. Several made difficult escapes from sunken wrecks, and one man bailed out just as his submarine plunged past the 100-foot mark. Others were on deck or atop the coning tower when their boat went under. In the case of boats listed as verschollen, or lost without a trace, the author includes explanations given for what might have happened or in the case of conflicting evidence, analyzes the explanations for accuracy. Each boat entry is a narrative that stands alone allowing readers to easily focus on a particular submarine. Researchers will appreciate the convenience of the book's format and the all-inclusive nature of the information listed. Because Messimer provides the approximate locations of many of the wrecks, amateur and professional salvage divers wanting to visit wreckage sights also will find the book useful.




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