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Title:
U-boat adventures : firsthand accounts from World War II
Author:
Wiggins, Melanie, 1934-
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Publication Information:
Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xv, 250 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781557509505
Format :
Book

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Twenty-two U-boat veterans, mostly enlisted men, tell their stories in this collection of their experiences.


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Library Journal Review

In her latest book, Wiggins draws on 22 interviews (with 17 enlisted men and five commanders) that she conducted for her previous book, Torpedoes in the Gulf. She devotes a chapter to each crewman's particular story and provides photographs of the crewman and his submarine. Wiggins then supplements these oral accounts with research from personnel files and archives. Together, these amazing stories show the true horror of submarine combat: well over half of the men who entered the U-boat service never returned. No wonder submarines were called "iron coffins." Surprisingly, most of these German soldiers had no great love of Hitler, and some were even tried for treason. Numerous books have been written about U-boat commanders, but few have featured the enlisted men as Wiggins's has. Recommended for both academic and public libraries.ÄMark E. Ellis, Albany State Univ., GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.