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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 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.

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
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.
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. ...more
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: fascism, memoirs
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

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

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. ...more
Kristijan Ahčin
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Starting his career in WW1 as uboat captain this remarkable man climbed the hierarchy of the navy to become hochadmiral of the navy. Then at the twilight of it all he became Fuerer for two weeks. Long enoughto cow mighty Himmler to accept him as leader, pointing a gun at Himmler's face to force him into submission, boy would I love to see that; and to force Keitel to sign unconditional surrender on the part of the ruined reich.
At dresden he got a vedrict of 10 years 20 days.
And then became Karo
Oscar Puerto Carrillo
Una magnífica autobiografia (ojo, no estamos valorando la deleznable ideología nazi, execrable de todas la formas) en la que Dönitz hace un repaso al arma submarina alemana de la segunda guerra mundial. Muy recomendable para todos aquellos apasionados por la literatura bélica.
Otra cosa es el personaje en sí, el cual parecía que no se entereba de lo que estaba pasando en su tercer Reich por aquellos días.
Jose wilhelms Ventura
Great book. Although it was written more than 60 years ago on many themes, it remains current. Of course, the files related to Ultra, after being released, shed new light on the Battle of the Atlantic.
I already knew the book but I was never interested because I thought it was a little out of date. It was worth reading.
Robert Hankins
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting memoir by a professional German naval officer who remained loyal to Der Fuhrer right to the end.
Was amazed to learn that the Germans never realized that the Enigma codes had been broken and that their radio transmissions were being read by the Allies.
May 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
One of the few books that shows how the Germans handed the US its ass. If it wasn't for Russia and Hitler's drug abuse we would be speaking German now. ...more
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.
Carlos Horacio Vazquez
An excelent book that should read every navy officer.
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 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 deciding the Battle of the Atlantic. Sentenced to ten years at the Nuremberg Trials, Doenitz wrote his memoirs upon his release. In a clear fir ...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. ...more
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. ...more
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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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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