by - Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans Joachim
(The U-boat war 1939-1945: The commanders)
1996, Mittler & Sohn Verlag
Hardcover, 320 pages, 96 b&w photos
"This important biographical dictionary details the service records of the 1,411 officers of the German Kriegsmarine known to have commanded a U-boat between the commissioning of U-1 in June 1935 to the final surrender of U-977 to Argentina in August 1945. Full details of the careers of all Germany's U-boat commanders are provided: each officer's date of birth; the highest rank he attained; details of any decorations he received; his service record; and his ultimate fate - whether killed in action, taken prisoner or detained after the war for Allied interrogation. In addition, an index gives a numerical list of U-boats along with their commanding officers. This outstanding, new reference book is a valuable addition to the key works on the naval history of World War II. Rainer Busch and Hans-Joachim Röll are noted authorities on the development of the German submarine arm and on U-boat activity in World War II."