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Memoirs: Ten Years and Twenty Days

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Commander of the U-boat fleet, Supreme Naval Commander, and finally Hitler's successor in the last days of the Third Reich, Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz (1891–1980) has been condemned as a Nazi and praised as one of the most brilliant and honorable military leaders of the war. His "wolfpack" tactics resulted in a handful of U-boats sinking 14.5 million tons and nearly decidi ...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published March 22nd 1997 by Da Capo Press (first published 1958)
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Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a pretty dry read; however, it is very well written and very interesting, given the fact that it was written by the man who orchestrated Germany's U-Boat operations during WWII, and was also Hitler's successor following Hitler's death. As a submariner and engineer myself, I particularly appreciated Doenitz' technical style of writing, which included numbers and analysis given by official records of the war - therefore a lot of his memoir isn't just based on recollection but supported by ...more

As far as I am concerned, one of the definite must-read book on the Battle of the Atlantic. Doenitz delivers an honnest account of his experience of the operational and strategical direction of the battle.

The author frequently refers to the official history of the Royal Navy to either confirm or infirm his own view on specific events, something soldiers rarely do. This makes for a more objective recollection. The book holds many interesting details about the battle.

Highly recommended for anyone

Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
-La sobriedad del militar para ofrecer datos de interés.-

Género. Biografía (pero absolutamente centrada en la intervención del autor en la Segunda Guerra Mundial).

Lo que nos cuenta. Repaso a los acontecimientos de la vida del almirante Karl Dönitz que, además de unos cuantos datos para conocer su pasado y su relación con el arma de Marina, se centra en su servicio en la Kriegsmarine antes y durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial, en cuyo final llegó a ser el sucesor del Fuhrer.

Colin Kauffman
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A great read, if a little dry, but Karl isn't a novelist so that's to be expected. This book gave me a new perspective on the war, through the eyes of a man whose talent and humanity was wasted on a regime of monsters and fools. Grand Admiral Donitz was a gentleman soldier much like his counterpart Rommel, and we're lucky Hitler didn't listen to him more.
Joe Naftali
Dec 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Yes
As a student of history, I found this book to be an excellent source for WWII history. Not only does he discuss the battles and the commanders, he also discussed the realities of war, and dealing with Hitler. A must read for anyone interested in WWII. I have read this a few times in the last ten years and always enjoy it.
Stefan Redford
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thankfully Hitler didn't listen to this man. WW2 could have ended sooner and differently if he had - IMHO.
Alexei Mokeev
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the style of the writing, it is very fact based, detailed and personal at the same time. Of course, he gives only a particular view into the facts, which has highlighted and hidden areas.
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Military history buffs, military historians, Naval historians
Recommended to Michael by: Serendipity
Shelves: memoirs, fascism
This book, published in the wake of Albert Speer’s Inside the Third Reich and other memoirs of high-ranking men in the Nazi administration, fails to live up to its promise on a number of levels. The back cover promises “[c]andid portraits of Hitler, Goering, Bormann, Himmler, and other leaders of The [sic] Third Reich.” It has none. Rather, what we get are intimate descriptions of the technical details of naval operations, primarily U-Boat operations. Where Speer was at least attempting (however ...more
Jeff Wombold
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This a very interesting book looking at the war in the Atlantic from the perspective of the German side. Sometimes it got a bit dull, but for the most part there was always something to learn about. There is a lot of detail about events that happened that I didn't know about. I feel it is always good to know history from a perspective other than that of your own country. I can see that a lot of the innovations in the modern submarine technology came off German designs.
Martin Cosby
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating account of WW2 U-boat command and strategy, written by Hitler's eventual (albeit brief) successor in a disarmingly matter-of-fact way. Compelling rather like a slow-car-crash, because he wrote it without adjustment for hindsight; so the reader shouts, Your U-boats are being sunk because the English have radar! But he did not realise this at the time. Surprisingly engaging.
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
surely Germany did lose the war for many reasons but most important is Hitler didn't let his generals do their work freely..
Great book from a great commander ..
I'm sure if Hitler give doenitz what he asked for the world wouldn't be like this one right now!
Arron Parker
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A good insight to the U-boat war!
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Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Must read for anyone interested in naval warfare.
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German admiral and commander of Germany`s war fleet during the second world war and last president of the third German reich.

Dönitz was appointed as president of the reich in Hitler`s last will. During his reign he offered an proposal for capitulation to England, but still wanted to keep fighting the Russians. England refused his proposal.

After the war Dönitz was sentenced for crimes against peac
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