Hirschfeld The Story of a U Boat Nco 1940 1946 PDF/EPUB


  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • Hirschfeld The Story of a U Boat Nco 1940 1946
  • Wolfgang Hirschfeld
  • English
  • 04 September 2015
  • 9780304354986

3 thoughts on “Hirschfeld The Story of a U Boat Nco 1940 1946

  1. Matt Matt says:

    Hirschfeld is how a book written from a diary should be written First Wolfgang Hirschfeld is listed as an author and treated like an eual with his co author Hirschfeld is a great book in that he shows his experiences without much bias and is a very uick read This book is highly reccommended


  2. Gary Gary says:

    risking court martial and possible death by keeping a diary of life on a german u boat made this all the interesting


  3. Mark Baines Mark Baines says:

    Gripping read No heroics written or translated in that matter of fact manner often used by brave men A very different perspective from the brash filmography of today


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Hirschfeld The Story of a U Boat Nco 1940 1946 Whilst there have been many memoirs written by U boat commanders of the Second World War a book such as this based upon the diaries of a senior Petty Officer telegraphist written in 'real time' is something very special Wolfgang Hirschfeld whose diaries Geoffrey Brooks has translated is a born story teller The principal chapters describe his experiences during six war patrols in U 109 in which he served as the senior telegraphist His is a tale which covers the whole kaleidescope of emotions shared by men at war a story of immense courage and fortitude of remarkable comradeship born of the dangers frustrations and privations shared and of transitory moments of triumph Throughout runs a vein of humour without which resistance to stress would have been virtually impossible We get to know one of Germany's great U boat aces 'Ajax' Bleichrodt holder of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and in a special biographical appendix learn how he finally cracked under the strain The role of Admiral Karl Donitz the dynamic commander of the U boat service so fascinatingly described by Hirschfeld is of special interest not least because even this dedicated Nazi had clearly realized by September 1942 that the war was fast being lost In 1944 Hirschfeld was promoted Warrant Officer and found himself on a large schnorkel euipped boat U 234 heading for Japan with a load of high technology euipment and in addition a uantity of uranium ore The possible significance of that uranium has been deeply researched by Geoffrey Brooks and is discussed in a second appendix