Iron Coffins

Iron Coffins

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A first hand account of the German U-boat battles of World War II, by one of the very few surviving commanders.

This is a story of triumph, disaster and eventual survival against all odds. Herbert Werner was one of the few U-boat commanders whose skill, daring and incredible luck saw him safely through to the end of the war. His is an epic and chilling description of the fearful havoc wrought by one small U-boat on the Atlantic convoys. But easy success ebbed away in the face of ever-improving Allied detection and attack techniques. The hunters became the prey, to suffer appalling losses. Of 842 U-boats launched 779 were sunk, 'iron-coffins' to 28,000 men. Herbert Werner's graphic account of war waged from beneath the sea, of horror and cold, cruel death, is dedicated to the seamen of all nations who died in the Battle of the Atlantic.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 133 x 195 x 24mm | 242g
  • Cassell Military
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 79 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0304353302
  • 9780304353309
  • 71,327

About Herbert A. Werner

Herbert A Werner was born in 1920. He joined the German Navy in 1939, and the U-boats in 1941, taking up his first command in 1943. He survived the war, was interned by the Americans, British and French, eventually to become an American citizen in 1957.
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1,620 ratings
4.27 out of 5 stars
5 48% (772)
4 36% (580)
3 14% (219)
2 2% (32)
1 1% (17)

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"I first read this book when I was serving onbard HMS Churchill, Hunter Killer submarine operating out of Faslane. I can well imagine how difficult life must have been for the crews of the old diesel electric boats as I have been to sea on an old A boat and was in the motor room when I experienced my first dive. The book is magnificent. My only slight criticism is in the day to day recollections of what occured, regarding course/depth changes, when and where and the numbers of torpedos fired etc. Herbert either had a photographic memory or had access to very detailed log books. Still a great book though."show more
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