Overview

In the dying moments of the Second World War in Europe Grand Admiral Donitz sent a final signal to his U-boat crews which read, 'You have fought like lions. An overwhelming material superiority has driven us into a tight corner from which it is no longer possible to continue the war.' With these brave words ended the brilliant yet hugely costly U-boat campaign against Allied merchant shipping which had come so close to cutting the vital Atlantic supply lines. The sea war, which for much of the time was fought in ...
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Twilight of the U-Boats

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Overview

In the dying moments of the Second World War in Europe Grand Admiral Donitz sent a final signal to his U-boat crews which read, 'You have fought like lions. An overwhelming material superiority has driven us into a tight corner from which it is no longer possible to continue the war.' With these brave words ended the brilliant yet hugely costly U-boat campaign against Allied merchant shipping which had come so close to cutting the vital Atlantic supply lines. The sea war, which for much of the time was fought in the teeth of the most atrocious weather, with terrible casualties being inflicted on both sides, came to a climax in the winter of 1942-43. It was then that the remorseless flow of replacement shipping from American yards and the combined fighting power of the British and United States navies finally blunted and systematically defeated the U-boat Arm. This latest work by Bernard Edwards, one of the foremost naval historians writing today, charts the declining fortunes of the U-boats from the apogee of their power in 1943 to their final defiant show of force in the North Sea when the German armies on land lay defeated and demoralised. Interwoven with these momentous events is a commentary on the brutal 'kill-or-be-killed' life in a typical U-boat of the day as described in the War Diary of U-223 commanded by Karl-Jurgen Wachter. Twilight of the U-Boats will be read and enjoyed by all those who are fascinated by the conduct of this aspect of warfare and the courage of those who fought under the most dire and dangerous conditions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781783379453
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword
  • Publication date: 7/22/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 108,766
  • File size: 4 MB

Table of Contents

Prologue ix
Chapter 1 Atlantic Shooting Gallery 1
Chapter 2 First Time Out 15
Chapter 3 Rendezvous at Cape Farewell 29
Chapter 4 The Hardest Battle 44
Chapter 5 The Running Fight 59
Chapter 6 The Climax 74
Chapter 7 The Turning Point 91
Chapter 8 A Lucky Escape 106
Chapter 9 Some New Weapons 121
Chapter 10 Fresh Pastures 137
Chapter 11 The Waiting Game 154
Chapter 12 The End of the Road 169
Chapter 13 The End of a Dream 185
Bibliography 190
Index 192
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