German U-Boat Losses During World War II
Details of Destruction
Imprint: Frontline Books
320 Pages, 6.1 x 9.1 in, 16pp of plates, 9 maps
- June 2022
- In Stock
- August 2014
- Out of print. Available in Digital Formats at the links below.
The Allies, however, fought back ferociously against the U-boats – as the losses recorded here by the renowned German naval historian Dr Axel Niestlé testify. No other publication on this subject comes even close to including the amount of detail provided in this book. An introduction both summarizes previous works on the subject and describes the difficulties of obtaining and verifying information from either the Germans or the Allies on U-boat losses.
The main part of the book lists by hull number each U-boat's date of commissioning, its commanding officer, and the date and port of departure for its last patrol. It also gives the date, position, and cause of loss of each submarine, with complete details on Allied units involved in the sinking, the names and ranks of their commanding officers and pilots, and the number of crew killed or rescued.
"...a greatly expanded revision of the author’s original 1998 work on the subject. Niestlé uses recently declassified documents and other newly found information, including examinations of actual wrecks, to correct the occasional errors in the original, some based on incorrect official information, and add details of many additional sinkings, so that the fate of only 63 U-boats remains unknown. Although his textual treatment is short, Niestlé manages to make a number of important points, perhaps most notably that more detailed research has revealed that mines were far more effective in sinking submarines than had been believed. Information on sinkings is in tabular form, supplemented by notes which are often quite informative. This is a work that is primarily for the serious student of naval operations, and particularly submarine warfare." ~StrategyPage