Hitler's U-Boat War: The Hunters, 1939-1942
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Hitler's U-Boat War: The Hunters, 1939-1942

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"His monumental work...is the most thorough study of the U-boat campaign available."--Library Journal

Hitler's U-boat War is an epic sea story about the most arduous and prolonged naval battle in history. For a period of nearly six years, the German U-boat force attempted to blockade and isolate the British Isles in hopes of forcing the British out of the war, thereby thwar...more
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Published June 6th 2000 by Modern Library (first published October 22nd 1996)
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At long last, I am finished…but this book is only half the story! Seven hundred pages takes you from the first hesitant start of German submarine warfare in WWII to the slaughter off American shores in 1942. This book definitely gets 5 Stars in honor of his superb scholarship in telling the first 3 years of Hitler’s Uboat War. If there was ever a book that can be defined as authoritative, comprehensive and meticulous, Hitler's U-Boat War: the Hunters, 1939-1942 has to be in that category. It is...more
Robert A. Babcock
This book is an excellent history of German U-boat activities during the first part of WWII, but excellent history doesn't always result in enjoyable reading. My lower rating is not due to the historical quality of the book, which I consider to be excellent, but rather to the fact that I didn't particularly enjoy reading it. This deficiency is not the author's fault: it is, I think, an inevitable result of his detailed adherence to the historical record.

For enjoyment of reading I'm giving it a...more
After reading "Silent Victory" by Clay Blair, I was interested in seeing what his take on the war against the German U-Boats would be. Well, he didn't disappoint. Based on exhaustive research, he's woven together American, British, German, Canadian and Italian records (probably a few others as well) to form a fascinating chronicle of this pivotal World War II campaign. While he downplays assertions about the U-Boats almost bringing Britain to her knees, he does provide the reader with lots of in...more
Twenty one years after publishing Silent Victory, his history of US submarine warfare against Japan, Clay Blair published this first volume of his history of German submarine warfare against the Allies.

Like his earlier work, this is a comprehensive history of the conflict, written in such a way as to remain engaging despite largely being a repetitive listing of the records of various u-boat voyages. Unlike his earlier work, he was able to call on extensive records from both sides of the conflic...more
Comprehensive. Clearly the book you need to have as a reference on this topic, complete with many tables and lists of facts. Of course, owing to the desire to be comprehensive, both volumes of Blair's work had to be formulaic. If you read through both volumes (Hunters and Hunted) you will have gone through 1400 pages of boats and u-boats going to the bottom of the Atlantic. Blair is at his best when taking a stance against other historian's claims of the relative danger posed by the u-boats, and...more
Blair does it again in this weighty tome, this first half of an enormous two book set, this time chronicling (again dryly, but somehow more interesting) account of the German Navy's U-Boats (don't call them submarines, they weren't) in their harsh and excessively crude, ultimately suicidal battle. What do we learn from this book? Contrary to popular opinion and myth, the Germans never came close. Not many people know that. Blair claims that something like 98 or 99% of every convoy that left Alli...more
May 16, 2010 Janet marked it as to-read
This is likely about as far as I'm going to get in this one. Not a completely serious, devoted effort, not as this book’s subject and meticulously detailed research, along with the men who manned submarines in WW2, deserve. I’ve tried to order the sequel twice: The 1st book quite easy to obtain, the second ridiculously expensive and almost impossible to obtain. So I’ve shelved this one for further research at a later date, much.
This is the first part on U-Boats of World War II by Clay Blair. Hitler's U-Boat War: The Hunted, 1942-1945 is the second part where the "hunters" became the "hunted".

If you want to read a definitive account on U-Boats, these two volumes would be it.
Grant Kisling
As other reviews have mentioned, this is a tough book to rate. It does an amazing of detailing all of the evebents of the German uboat force from the beginning to 1942. While interesting for numerous parts and great commentary about the force in general, it makes for a long and repetitive read.

Recommended only for people with patience and a real interest.
Fredrick Danysh
During the first half of the Second World War, German u-boats gained control of the Atlantic Ocean on the Gulf Coast. The author examines German ship production and the effectiveness of submarine operations.
Oliver Barry
Really great book. Every thing you'd ever want to know about the Battle of the Atlantic. Includes how things got started, where everyone was before September 1939.
Goes with Hitler's U-Boat War: The Hunted.
This book was recommended in either of the "Bookmarks" magazine's issues of: (Nov/ Dec 2007) or (Jan/ Feb 2008).
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Ask me about U-boats. Vol 1.
I found this to be a very dry book, but worth reading. I learned a lot about the U-boat war.
Tony Rothwell
It's comprehensive with a capital comp! A must read for U-Boat nurds.
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Clay Blair, Jr. (May 1, 1925 – December 16, 1998) was an American historian, best known for his books on military history. He served on the fleet submarine Guardfish (SS-217) in World War II and later wrote for Time and Life magazines before becoming editor-in-chief of The Saturday Evening Post. He assisted General Omar Bradley in the writing of his autobiography, A General's Life (1983), publishe...more
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