WOLFPACK: U-BOATS AT WAR 1939-45. Last copy, -some shelf ware-Designed for visual impact, the volume provides a brutally realistic portrait of U-boat life during a critical phase of World War II in the Atlantic.
It includes some two hundred and fifty illustrations, half in color and many with full-page spreads, of a fascinating combination of photographs, paintings, and drawings that brilliantly convey the U-boat experience and help explain the mystique of the German submariner that persists to this day.
The lavish pictorial shows U-boats on patrol, ship sinkings and rescues, and interior shots of the crews going about their daily, often monotonous, lives that are sporadically interrupted by frenzied activity, fear, and sometimes death. Although this elite force came perilously close to cutting the Allied transatlantic lifeline, by the end of the war 27,491 of the 39,000 men who went to sea in U-boats had died, and 5,000 were prisoners of war.
Photos of Nazi naval memorabilia such as Adm. Karl Dï¿½nitz's baton and uniform and ace captain Gunther Prien's decorations, relics like the sub pens in French ports and the captured U-505 in Chicago, and propaganda posters add yet another dimension to the story. The lively narrative that supports the illustrations provides one of the book's most engaging features, sidebar quotations from the famous and the unknown who served in the iron coffins. Drawing from diary excerpts, letters, poetry, and proverbs, their words reflect a myriad of insights about war and the men who fight and die in battle.
Philip Kaplan is an artist and photographer with five other books on World War II to his credit. He lives in Wales with his author wife, Margaret Mayhew.
Jack Currie was a RAF pilot in World War II and one of Britain?s leading military writers before his death in 1996. Two of his books, Lancaster Target and The Augsburg Raid, were made into popular television documentaries.
240 pages. Large softcover 10ï¿½"x10ï¿½".
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