Hunt and Kill: U-505 and the Battle of the Atlantic

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One of WWII's pivotal events was the capture of U-505 on June 4, 1944. The top secret seizure of this massive Type IX submarine provided the Allies with priceless information on German technology and innovation. After the war U-505 was transported to Chicago, where today 1,000,000 visitors a year pass through her at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Hunt and Kill offers the first definitive study of U-505. The chapters cover her construction, crew and commanders, combat ...

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Overview

One of WWII's pivotal events was the capture of U-505 on June 4, 1944. The top secret seizure of this massive Type IX submarine provided the Allies with priceless information on German technology and innovation. After the war U-505 was transported to Chicago, where today 1,000,000 visitors a year pass through her at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Hunt and Kill offers the first definitive study of U-505. The chapters cover her construction, crew and commanders, combat history, general Type IX operations, naval intelligence, the eight fatal German mistakes that doomed the boat, and her capture, transportation, and restoration for posterity.

The contributors to this fascinating volume--a Who's Who of U-boat historians--include: Erich Topp (U-Boat Ace, commander of U-552); Eric Rust (Naval Officers Under Hitler); Timothy Mulligan (Neither Sharks Nor Wolves); Jak Mallman Showell (Hitler's U-boat Bases); Jordan Vause (Wolf); Lawrence Patterson (First U-boat Flotilla); Mark Wise (Enigma and the Battle of the Atlantic); Keith Gill (Curator, Museum of Science and Industry), and Theodore Savas (Silent Hunters; Nazi Millionaries).

REVIEWS

“…intelligently organized…well documented record…an interesting compilation…”

The Daybook, Volume 10, Issue 1

“Hunt and Kill: U-505 and the U-boat War in the Atlantic, edited by Theodore P. Savas, is not just another ‘How U-505 was captured’ story. Instead, it is a collection of chapters by some of the best U-boat historians writing today. Gathering them all together to write on this subject was a risky proposition, for many similar compendiums produce a disjointed and unfocused book of uneven quality. Theodore Savas, as an experienced editor and writer, has avoided these pitfalls by gathering the finest talent available and getting the best possible from each contributor. The various chapters fit seamlessly together and add substantially to the final product...If you are interested in U-boats or Naval History, Hunt and Kill: U-505 and the U-boat War in the Atlantic is a must have.”

- Ubootwaffe.net, Kriegsmarine and U-Boat history

“This book gives a very in-depth coverage of this famous boat, explaining among other things that she was by no means a failed U-boat and had a very interesting history and had many special events, such as being called ‘the most badly damaged U-boat ever to return to port’ by many. She was thus by no means a boat with a poor history only famous for being captured at sea...All in all this is probably the best single-volume book on the U-505 (and then some). It should give a very thorough history of the boat, and U-boats operations as such to anyone reading it. This book is thus much more than simply a story about one U-boat as in turn it covers so much side material affecting all boats. Highly recommended.”

- Uboat.net, Naval Warfare Books

“After reading Hunt and Kill edited by Theodore P. Savas, I realized how much I didn’t know about this so-called “unlucky sub.” Thankfully, the book isn’t just another ‘How the U-505 was captured’ book or generic U-boat history. It is a rich compendium of chapters by some of the most well known U-boat experts around today.”

- Tim Smalley, The Sub Committee Report

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932714012
  • Publisher: Savas Beatie
  • Publication date: 7/7/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Preface xi
Foreword xvii
Introduction xix
No Target Too Far: The Genesis, Concept, and Operations of Type IX U-Boats in World War II 1
A Community Bound by Fate: The Crew of U-505 25
From the Lion's Roar to Blunted Axe: The Combat Patrols of U-505 57
Deciphering the U-boat War: The Role of Intelligence in the Capture of U-505 91
Collision Course: Task Group 22.3 and the Hunt for U-505 125
Desperate Decisions: The German Loss of U-505 137
Project 356: U-505 and the Journey to Chicago 161
Appendix A Type IXC U-boats: Technical Data 221
Appendix B U-505 Combat Chronology 224
Appendix C Statement of Harald Lange Regarding the Capture of U-505 232
Notes 234
Contributors 275
Index 280
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2004

    No chance for second-guessing.

    The reader gets to second-guess the many critical,split second decisions that were made under the most intense,chaotic,situations a submariner has to face.The different writers bring you right in the middle of both sides of the battle.From the building of U-505 to Captain Gallery's inside info that put him right on top of U-505.It is like you are right there. Great reading!

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