Die eisernen Särge
The former German U-boat commander Herbert Werner navigates readers through the waters of World War II, recounting four years of the most significant and savage battles. By war's end, 28,000 out of 39,000 German sailors had disappeared beneath the waves.
It's customary to give statistics in a book like this -- though Herbert Werner thankfully confines his to an engineering diagram -- so here goes: The pressure hull of a Type IXC U-boat is just over 192 feet long and just under 14.5 feet wide. Given that the average American man is 5'9 1/2" with an arm span to match, you could theoretically fit two guys standing fingertip-to-fingertip across the beam of ...more
Because it was a port my home town was heavily bombed and my generation (post-war baby-boomers) grew up with empty, derelict spaces in the streets where bombs had fallen. Largely because of th ...more
As the war drags on though, Werner begins to see thi ...more
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It is written by Herbert A. Werner and documents his rise from cadet to U-boat commander and recollects his experiences in this titanic struggle from the early 'happy years' to the turning of the tables and ultimate demise of the U-boats.
The book captures the grimness of operating in a submarine perfectly and give the insider a great insight to the theatre - ideal for historian yet 100% accessible and enjoyable for th ...more
Czyta się ją bardzo szybko - poznajemy wojenne/okołowojenne losy bohatera/autora, jego przyspieszone dorastanie, walkę w marynarce dla swojej ojczyzny (wraz z kolejnymi stopniami kariery), jego miłości, rozterki, a w końcu gorycz porażki i powojenne koleje losu.
Często w szczegółach poznajemy codzienne życie podwodniaków służących na U-Bootach - kurczące się zapasy paliwa i jedzenia, przenikliwe zimno, okropny gorąc, n ...more
Recently I decided to take the dive into submarine warfare again and in doing so I decided to read this classic; honestly this was my first time reading it though I've known about since I was a kid in the 70s. Of all books on submarine warfare in WWII this is the gold standard. Leutnant ser See Wener's personal account from induction and service as a junior officer through being a captain of his own boat to capture is truly a great book, worthy of 4.5 stars. The honesty he shares with us about h ...more
While the book is entirely about the service of a single German sailor, the book tell ...more
I would have preferred less nostalgia about the bordellos and more description of what day-to-day life on the boat was like. (I was expecting the book to be more like Das Boot in this respect.) Thirty to sixty days ...more
It made me look at war and the people who fight wars in a whole different way.
By the end of this book I found myself cursing the British and American forces, and had to remind myself which side I was on.
This story could have been written about any sub crew from either side of the war. Wonderfully written and enlightening
He survived the sinking of U-612 in the Baltic and the loss ...more