- Publisher: Cassell Military
- Format: Paperback | 576 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 193mm x 41mm | 431g
- Publication date: 1 April 2007
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0304352314
- ISBN 13: 9780304352319
- Edition statement: Revised ed.
- Sales rank: 58,098
Filled with almost unbearable tension and excitement, DAS BOOT is one of the best stories ever written about war, a supreme novel of the Second World War and an acclaimed film and TV drama. It is autumn 1941 and a German U-boat commander and his crew set out on yet another hazardous patrol in the Battle of the Atlantic. Over the coming weeks they must brave the stormy waters of the Atlantic in their mission to seek out and destroy British supply ships. But the tide is beginning to turn against the Germans in the war for the North Atlantic. Their targets now travel in convoys, fiercely guarded by Royal Navy destroyers, and when contact is finally made the hunters rapidly become the hunted. As the U-boat is forced to hide beneath the surface of the sea a cat-and-mouse game begins, where the increasing claustrophobia of the submarine becomes an enemy just as frightening as the depth charges that explode around it. Of the 40,000 men who served on German submarines, 30,000 never returned. Written by a survivor of the U-boat fleet, DAS BOOT is a psychological drama merciless in its intensity, and a classic novel of the Second World War.
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Lothar-Gunther Bucheim was born in 1918 and grew up in Saxony. When the war broke out he joined the navy and served on mine-sweepers, destroyers and submarines on the last as an official navy correspondent.
When well-known novels are made into films, we often hear the lament, 'it isn't as good as the book'. But it's refreshing to come across an original book on which a highly respected movie was based and find that both share the same level of accomplishment. Buchheim's remarkable U-boat narrative has all the clammy tension of Wolfgang Pedersen's acclaimed film. Written by a survivor of the U-boat fleet, this story of World War II delivers a powerful punch as its drama of men in battle in the north Atlantic unfolds. (Kirkus UK)
Back cover copy
Four detonations in quick succession, then the mad gurgle and roar of the black flood . . . a cold hand creeps under my collar and runs down my back. I shudder. This is the story of a German U-boat, her commander and her crew, as they embark upon yet another hazardous patrol in the Battle of the Atlantic. Weeks in a small metal tube twenty feet by two hundred feet with fifty other men. Weeks of unbearable tension and terror. Weeks of crushing boredom, as the condensation drips down the walls and mould slowly blooms on the food. Written by a survivor of the U-boat fleet, this is a novel but not a work of fiction. Das Boot is one of the best and most truthful stories ever written about men in combat; a withering condemnation of the insanity of war.