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Donitz, U-boats, Convoys, Jak. P. Mallmann Showell

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Dönitz, U-boats, Convoys, Jak. Mallmann Showell

Dönitz, U-boats, Convoys, Jak. Mallmann Showell

The basic idea of this book is excellent. The author takes Dönitz's memoirs and compares them to the wartime British reports on the U-boat war to see how differently the two sides viewed the progress of the conflict. These British reports were issued monthly and were written for fairly senior officers who were involved in the battle but who generally weren't aware of the Ultra secret and the Allied ability to decode much Enigma traffic. The main document used is the 'Monthly Anti-Submarine Report' and in particular the 'U-boat Offensive' and 'U-boat Countermeasures' sections. There are also extracts from special reports on individual weapons as they were introduced and on the radar and radio wars.

The implementation could be a bit better. It isn't always clear when the author is produced verbatim text from the historical documents and when he is condensing the original or reporting its content. The reader would also benefit from having Dönitz's memoirs to hand, as the sections on his views are rather short. The author's notes on the original text are normally useful, supplying the details of U-boats that were sunk (name and commander) or correcting over-optimistic Allied reports of sinkings.

There are moments when one wishes that the author had kept his opinions about the wider war to himself - the way he writes about errors that have crept into some books on the U-boat was because of wartime and post-war secrecy comes across as verging on the paranoid, as does a suggestion that the British deliberately didn’t issue adequate survival equipment at the start of the war in an attempt to make a propaganda point. As a result when the author does mention something where there is genuine controversy it is hard to take his arguments seriously. Thankfully this hasn’t had an impact on the main business of the book and tends only to appear in the chapter intros. The annotations to the British reports and comments on Dönitz's work remain accurate and useful.

The title is a bit misleading. We don’t really get much on Dönitz, instead the main focus is on the British wartime reports. The result is a fascinating and very valuable contribution to the historical literature on the U-boat war, giving us a clear idea of how the British saw things at the time.

Chapters
1 - The Start of the War - September 1939-June 1940
2 - The First Ten Months
3 - The Battle in the Atlantic Phase 1: July-October 1940
4 - The Major Turning-Point of the U-boat War - March 1941
5 - Special Intelligence Enters the War - May 1941
6 - Fragmentation of Strength - Summer 1941
7 - New Weapons for Hunting Old U-boats - Summer 1941
8 - Fast-Moving Patrol Lines - September to December 1941
9 - Audacity - Auxiliary Aircraft Carriers Step In - Christmas 1941
10 - American Joins the War: Operation 'Paukenschlag' (The First Thrust) - January 1942
11 - The U-boat Command's Biggest Blunder?
12 - War in American Waters. The Second and Later Thrusts - February 1942
13 - Back to Freetown (Africa) - March 1942
14 - After the American Excursion - after May 1942
15 - The Mid-Atlantic Shock - July 1942
16 - Postscript to the Summer's Battles - September 1942
17 - New Weapons for Outdated Boats
18 - Action in the Mid-Atlantic Air Gap - October 1942
19 - Hedgehog, Mousetrap and Depth Charge Attacks - July/ September 1942 with Additions from Autumn 1941 reports
20 - Luck as Vital Ingredient - October to November 1942
21 - Another Bout of Luck? The Tanker Convoy TM1 - January 1943
22 - New Developments - End of 1942
23 - The Hardest Convoy Battle: The Build-up to the Climax - January and February 1942
24 - The Largest Convoy Battle of All Time - March 1943
25 - Crisis Convoy - April and May 1943
26 - The Summer of 1943
27 - News from the Monthly Anti-Submarine Reports
28 - The Autumn of the U-boats - September 1943
29 - After the Crash of September 1943
30 - Weapons Used against U-boats
31 - The Radio War

Author: Jak. Mallmann Showell
Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Publisher: Frontline
Year: 2013



Donitz, U-boats, Convoys, Jak. P. Mallmann Showell - History

Jak P Mallman Showell, the son of a U-boat Diesel Mechanic who was killed in action, was born in Hamburg in 1944 and grew up amidst the ruins of the great firestorm. He came to London in 1954 and has lived in England ever since. Being bi-lingual has helped him in understanding documents produced by both sides of the war. He worked as teacher and educational science adviser for many years before turning to writing, researching and photography.

Jak is the English Language Representative for the German U-boat Museum (formerly U-Boot-Archiv) and has been awarded the Silver U-boat Badge by the German Submariners' Association in Munich for furthering international relations and maintaining naval traditions.

He has produced more than forty books about naval activities during the Second World War (which will be added to this site as time allows). His research is based on original first-hand documents such as wartime logs, accounts written shortly after the events and on many personal interviews. This has led his reviewers to recognising him as being 'the respected authority'.


Donitz, U-Boats, Convoys

This unique WWII history combines the memoirs of a Nazi Admiral with secret British naval reports for a comprehensive view of the U-Boat war.

The memoirs of Admiral Karl Dönitz, Ten Years and Twenty Days, are a fascinating first-hand account of the Battle of the Atlantic as seen from the headquarters of the U-boat fleet. Now, noted naval historian Jak P. Mallmann Showell has combined Dönitz's memoirs in a parallel text with the British Admiralty's secret Monthly Anti-Submarine Reports to produce a unique view of the U-boat war as it was perceived at the time by both sides.

The British Monthly Anti-Submarine Reports were classified documents issued only to senior officers hunting U-boats. They were supposed to have been returned to the Admiralty and destroyed at the end of the War, but by chance a set survived in the archives of the Royal Navy's Submarine Museum in Gosport. They offer significant and hitherto unavailable insight into the British view of the Battle of the Atlantic as it was being fought.

With expert analysis of these firsthand sources from opposing sides of the conflict, Jak P. Mallmann Showell presents what may be the most complete contemporary account of the desperate struggle in the North Atlantic during the Second World War.

Jak P. Mallmann Showell is the author of more than twenty books on the German navy and U-boat operations and is regarded as one of the world's leading authorities in the field. He was born in Hamburg, Germany, 1944. He has lived in England for most of his life.


This unique WWII history combines the memoirs of a Nazi Admiral with secret British naval reports for a comprehensive view of the U-Boat war.

The memoirs of Admiral Karl Dönitz, Ten Years and Twenty Days, are a fascinating first-hand account of the Battle of the Atlantic as seen from the headquarters of the U-boat fleet. Now, noted naval historian Jak P. Mallmann Showell has combined Dönitz's memoirs in a parallel text with the British Admiralty's secret Monthly Anti-Submarine Reports to produce a unique view of the U-boat war as it was perceived at the time by both sides.

The British Monthly Anti-Submarine Reports were classified documents issued only to senior officers hunting U-boats. They were supposed to have been returned to the Admiralty and destroyed at the end of the War, but by chance a set survived in the archives of the Royal Navy's Submarine Museum in Gosport. They offer significant and hitherto unavailable insight into the British view of the Battle of the Atlantic as it was being fought.

With expert analysis of these firsthand sources from opposing sides of the conflict, Jak P. Mallmann Showell presents what may be the most complete contemporary account of the desperate struggle in the North Atlantic during the Second World War.


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The memoirs of Admiral Karl Dönitz, Ten Years and Twenty Days, are a fascinating first-hand account of the Battle of the Atlantic as seen from the headquarters of the U-boat fleet. Now, for the first time noted naval historian Jak P. Mallmann Showell has combined Dönitz's memoirs in a parallel text with the British Admiralty's secret Monthly Anti-Submarine Reports to produce a unique view of the U-boat war as it was perceived at the time by both sides.

The British Monthly Anti-Submarine Reports were classified documents issued only to senior officers hunting U-boats, and were supposed to have been returned to the Admiralty and destroyed at the end of the War, but by chance a set survived in the archives of the Royal Navy's Submarine Museum in Gosport, allowing the reader a hitherto unavailable insight into the British view of the Battle of the Atlantic as it was being fought.

Together with the author's commentary adding information that was either unknown or too secret to reveal at the time, this book gives possibly the most complete contemporary account of the desperate struggle in the North Atlantic in the Second World War.

This book gives a unique combined account of the Battle of the Atlantic from both the German & British viewpoints. The author, Jak P. Mallmann Showell combines the memoirs of Admiral Karl Donitz & the Admiralty Monthly Anti-Submarine Reports which together gives possibly the most complete contemporary account of the desperate struggle in the North Atlantic during WWII.

Ton Class Association

A most interesting book and well worth its place on the bookshelf.

Marine News

The basic idea of this book is excellent. The author takes Dönitz's memoirs and compares them to the wartime British reports on the U-boat war to see how differently the two sides viewed the progress of the conflict. There are also extracts from special reports on individual weapons as they were introduced and on the radar and radio wars.

The result is a fascinating and very valuable contribution to the historical literature on the U-boat war, giving us a clear idea of how the British saw things at the time.

Here is my review of European Resistance in WW2 edited by Cooke and Shepherd I have included the links I have also tweeted the review

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Good Comparative History. Donitz, U-boats, Conveys is an interesting and well researched book by Jak P. Mallmann Showell that gives two sides of the same story. This is a fantastic read especially for those who have a naval history interest or students of the sea battles of the Second World War. This book uses Donitz’s own memoirs along with the reports from the Admiralty in London that give a parallel view of the U-boat war that was raging around the commercial supply routes to and from the UK. This added to the insightful commentary provided by the author makes for interesting reading and also helps to shed light on important areas of war that is often forgotten until too late how to cut the supply lines.

Paul Diggett

Donitz commanded the German submarine force through WWII, coming close to winning the Battle of the Atlantic. As a naval commander, he was outstanding and took great interest in his submarine crews.

What the author has done very successfully is to merge and compare the Donitz memories with the British Monthly Anti-Submarine Reports. It is a happy accident that these secret Admiralty reports failed to be returned to the Admiralty at the end of the war to be destroyed. One set survived in the archives of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum at Gosport.

The book includes a monochrome photo plate section and provides a unique review of the submarine war from both sides. Any reader with an interest in WWII and submarines cannot afford to miss this book.

reviews.firetrench.com

About Jak P. Mallmann Showell

Jak P. Mallmann Showell has produced more than forty books about naval operations during the Second World War, including Hitler&rsquos U-Boat Bases, Enigma U-Boats: Breaking the Code and U-Boat Command and the Battle of the Atlantic.


Donitz, U-boats, Convoys, Jak. P. Mallmann Showell - History

The success of German submarines during the First World War in almost cutting off Britain&rsquos vital imports had not been forgotten by Adolf Hitler and when, in March 1935, he repudiated the Treaty of Versailles, Britain, magnanimously, signed up to an Anglo-German Naval Agreement. This allowed the Germans to build their submarine strength up to one third of the British Royal Navy&rsquos tonnage.

When war broke out in 1939, German U-boats went quickly into action, but with only four years of production and development, the main armament of these submarines was considerably weaker than equivalent boats in other navies and many of the other main features, such as living and the fighting conditions, were also significantly inferior. Nevertheless, the German U-boat onslaught against British merchant ships during the autumn of 1940 was highly successful because the attacks were made on the surface at night and from such close range that a single torpedo would sink a ship.

Soon, though, Allied technology was able to detect U-boats at night, and new convoy techniques, combined with powerfully-armed, fast modern aircraft searching the seas, meant that by 1941 it was clear that Germany was losing the war at sea. Something had to be done. The new generation of attack U-boats that had been introduced since Hitler came to power needed urgent improvement. This is the story of the Types II, VII and IX that had already become the &lsquoworkhorse&rsquo of the Kriegsmarine&rsquos submarine fleet and continued to put out to sea to attack Allied shipping right up to the end of the war. The Type II was a small coastal boat that struggled to reach the Atlantic the Type VII was perfectly at home there, but lacked the technology to tackle well protected convoys whilst the Type IX was a long-range variety that was modified so that it could operate in the Indian Ocean.

In this latest book by the renowned Kriegsmarine historian Jak Mallmann Showell, these attack U-boats are explored at length. This includes details of their armament, capabilities, crew facilities, and just what is was like to operate such a vessel, and of course the story of their development and operational history.

About The Author

Jak P. Mallmann Showell is the author of more than twenty books on the German navy and U-boat operations and is regarded as one of the world's leading authorities in the field. He was born in Hamburg, Germany, 1944. He has lived in England for most of his life.

REVIEWS

"This informative volume provides readers who wish to know more about the subject with a definitive introduction by a highly-recognized authority who writes beautifully and clearly, providing enough for the reader to think about reading more about U-boats and, perhaps, other nations&rsquo submarines as well."

- Naval Historical Foundation

Donitz, U-boats, Convoys, Jak. P. Mallmann Showell - History

The memoirs of Admiral Karl Dönitz, Ten Years and Twenty Days, are a fascinating first-hand account of the Battle of the Atlantic as seen from the headquarters of the U-boat fleet. Now, for the first time noted naval historian Jak P. Mallmann Showell has combined Dönitz&rsquos memoirs in a parallel text with the British Admiralty&rsquos secret Monthly Anti-Submarine Reports to produce a unique view of the U-boat war as it was perceived at the time by both sides.

The British Monthly Anti-Submarine Reports were classified documents issued only to senior officers hunting U-boats, and were supposed to have been returned to the Admiralty and destroyed at the end of the War, but by chance a set survived in the archives of the Royal Navy&rsquos Submarine Museum in Gosport, allowing the reader a hitherto unavailable insight into the British view of the Battle of the Atlantic as it was being fought.

Together with the author&rsquos commentary adding information that was either unknown or too secret to reveal at the time, this book gives possibly the most complete contemporary account of the desperate struggle in the North Atlantic in the Second World War.

About The Author

Jak P. Mallmann Showell is the author of more than twenty books on the German navy and U-boat operations and is regarded as one of the world's leading authorities in the field. He was born in Hamburg, Germany, 1944. He has lived in England for most of his life.


DONITZ, U-BOATS, CONVOYS The British Version of His Memoirs from the Admiralty’s Secret Anti-Submarine Reports

Drawing on the memoirs of Grand Admiral Karl Donitz, overlord of the U-boats, and the secret British Monthly Anti-Submarine reports, Naval historian Jak Showell pieces together the real story of the Battle of the Atlantic as seen by both sides.

Description

The memoirs of Admiral Karl Dönitz, Ten Years and Twenty Days, are a fascinating first-hand account of the Battle of the Atlantic as seen from the headquarters of the U-boat fleet. Now, for the first time noted naval historian Jak P. Mallmann Showell has combined Dönitz’s memoirs in a parallel text with the British Admiralty’s secret Monthly Anti-Submarine Reports to produce a unique view of the U-boat war as it was perceived at the time by both sides.
The British Monthly Anti-Submarine Reports were classified documents issued only to senior officers hunting U-boats, and were supposed to have been returned to the Admiralty and destroyed at the end of the War, but by chance a set survived in the archives of the Royal Navy’s Submarine Museum in Gosport, allowing the reader a hitherto unavailable insight into the British view of the Battle of the Atlantic as it was being fought.
Together with the author’s commentary adding information that was either unknown or too secret to reveal at the time, this book gives possibly the most complete contemporary account of the desperate struggle in the North Atlantic in the Second World War.


Hitler's Naval Bases : Kriegsmarine Bases During the Second World War Hardback

Hitler's U-boats and his dreaded pocket battleships such as Bismarck and Tirpitz - Churchill dubbed the latter as 'The Beast' - continue to fascinate an ever-growing interest in the Second World War.

Despite a numerical disadvantage when compared the Royal Navy, Hitler's U-boats wrecked havoc in the Atlantic against vulnerable convoys and the doomed Bismarck took on the might of Britain's battleships in a mighty clash of the titans.

Hitler's Naval Bases, a work of love that took the author over forty years to research and write, is the most comprehensive and dedicated book on the subject matter.

A world's first, it covers bases in remarkable detail from the smallest and unmanned locations to the largest dedicated bases in Lorient, Kiel and Wilhemshaven.

The book covers the different types of naval base from isolated and forgotten bases, escape and survival bases, to the extremities of the main naval bases. The functions and various departments - artillery, ship construction to dockyard medical service - are explained as are North Sea naval bases in Emden, The Weser Ports and Cuxhaven, Baltic ports, the major bases that never were ('The Lobster's Claw on Heligoland') to France, Asia and German colonies, including re-fuelling in Spain and bases located in Russia and in the 'Heart of England'.

Also covered are naval artillery and naval infantry as well as the anatomy of coastal artillery batteries, the shipping yards and even rules for living in such conditions.

A most lavish and phenomenal book, it is beautifully illustrated with over 200 unpublished photographs complemented with thousands of unique interviews with veterans during the war as well as survivors.

A labour of love, Hitler's Naval Bases is written by a world's leading authoritarian figure and is an essential book for those interested in the armed forces of the Third Reich.


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