Hirschfeld : The Secret Diary of a U-boat

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This is a first-hand account of life aboard a German U-Boat between 1940 and 1946. NCO radio-operator Wolfgang Hirschfeld risked his life by keeping a diary of his U-Boat career - an occupation punishable by court martial. Hirschfeld, privy to top secret information via the messages he was employed to send, served under three exceptional commanders: one who would later publicly resign his commission whilst still on the open sea, another who was unjustly stripped of his command for incompetence, and the third, the legendary commander of the ghost ship "Atlantic".show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 128 x 197 x 20mm | 285g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion mass market paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 16pp b&w photographs
  • 0752811169
  • 9780752811161

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In the German, as in the Royal, Navy, it was a court-martial offence to keep a diary in wartime; all the same, Wolfgang Hirschfeld kept one while he served as a senior telegraphist on a U-boat through the Battle of the Atlantic. He gives a fish's eye view of several of that ghastly campaign's more desperate corners; bringing back clearly and sharply how disagreeable life on a submarine was, and indicating some of the troubles U-boat crews had to go through. An old-fashioned gripping read, difficult to put down - even if one had been on the other side during the war. (Kirkus UK)show more

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