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Donitz`s Crews
Germany`s U-Boat Sailors in Worls War II
 
With dozens of historical documents and over 400 photos, the author not only presents a comprehensive history of U-boat crews and the undersea war, but also shows how thoses with an interest in the U-boat war can find U-boat-related artifacts and how they can trace many to specific boats and then research what those boats and crew accomplished.
Size: 8.5"x11", over 400 color/bw images, 288 pages. (sch) Price - $69.99

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A COLLECTOR'S GUIDE TO THE KRIEGSMARINE
Arguably of all the branches of the German armed forces in World War2, only one — the Kriegsmarine (or navy) — had the ability, ultimately, to bring Britain to defeat once the immediate threat of invasion after Dunkirk had receded. Whether it was the U-Boats in the Atlantic or the great capital ships, such as Bismarck or Tirpitz, in the North Atlantic, the Kriegsmarine had the ability, through its attacks on the all-important convoy system, to starve Britain into submission. However, of the Axis forces of the period, the Kriegsmarine is perhaps the least known. This is possibly a reflection in the undoubted interest in aircraft and aces or in the great tank land battles of the war. It is, perhaps, also a reflection of the fact that many of the U-Boat crews never returned to base, being sunk during operational duties, with the result that the great commanders were never able to tell their stories after the war. There was, moreover, the fact that, as far as Hitler was concerned, with the exception of the U-Boat arm, the Kriegsmarine never fully exploited the hardware that it had at its disposal with the result that the building program was curtailed and those sailors based on surface warships were transferred to land-based operations. In his third contribution to the highly successful ‘Collector’s Guide’ series, noted collector and expert Chris Ailsby examines the wide range of equipment, uniforms, medals and awards specifically associated with the Kriegsmarine during World War 2. Alongside the detailed descriptions of the militaria being discussed are photographs and a ratings system designed to allow the user and reader to gauge relative values. Some 60 years after the end of World War 2, interest in Third Reich militaria remains strong and, inevitably, in any popular area of collecting there is material of doubtful provenance designed to catch out the unwary. The ‘Collector’s Guide’ series has proved an essential guide for those interested in the subject and this latest addition to the series will continue to build upon the considerable reputation that the series has built up over the years. Providing the collector with detailed and objective advice, the book should be essential reading for any active collector of Third Reich militaria as well as those interested in the Kriegsmarine during the period from 1939 to 1945.Size:5 x 8, 160 pages, 170 b/w photos. (casemate)
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German U-boats came close to winning the First World War in 1917 and managed to repeat this performance in the Second World War. Yet, as Eberhard Rossler reveals, Germany was a late-comer to submarine construction and only embarked on the U-boat programme a few years before 1914. German designers were able to benefit from the hard-won experience of other navies. German industry could provide first class diesel engines and reliable electrical components, so it was not long before German yards were completing submarines equal if not superior to any in the world. Technical history remains the poor relation of history. But the rise and fall of the U-boat arm in two world wars cannot be explained without understanding the 'hardware' of this unique conflict. This is the most comprehensive technical history of the U-boat fleet ever published: essential reading for anyone seeking to follow the most dramatic naval campaigns of the 20th century. Size: 9.5"x9.5", 384 pp., illustrated throughout.
(casemate) Price - $60.00

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U-Boote
 
The submarine (or Untersee-Boote) was a major part of Germany`s naval strategy in World War II. Highly successful in the early war years, Allied rader and aircraft later made the U-Boat effort an increasingly desperate enterprise. By war`s end 66% of all German submarines commissioned had been sunk, and 80% of all engaged in active operations. This pictorial account contains numerous unpublished photographs from French and German archives, including 16 pages in color. An extensive file of technical data profiles all major German submarine types, including coverage of the most famous "Sea Wolves". Paintings profile the major submarine variants and the insignia of over 60 individual craft.  Size: 10"x12",144 pages, 16 pages of color,B/W photos throughout. Price - $37.95

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S-Boote: German E-Boats at War
Too little has been written to date on Germany`s "Schnellboote" in the Second World War. Known by the Allies as E-Boats (Enemy Boats) the S-Boote played havoc on Allied naval operations in the English channel and elsewhere. Many of their captains were amongst the most decorated of any branch of the Kriegsmarine. This highly detailed book examines all aspects of the S-Boote, from design to development and notes the major engagements for which they are famous. Hard cover, size: 9"x12", 144 pages, illustrated in color and B/W. Price - $59.95