View Full Version : My U Boat book collection so far.....

09-12-2006, 09:15 AM
Apologies for being self indulgent, but I thought I would show you my book collection so far, thanks must go to ebay for some of them - it really is amazing what you can find these days.

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From Left to Right

Timelife Books - The U Boats

Covers WWI & WWII U boats with artwork and photographs.

The U Boat War by Gunther Buchheim

Awesome collection of 200 or so photograhs, the best collection I have seen so far.

U Boat War Patrol by Lawrence Patterson

Photographs and narrative of Teddy Suhren's final voyage as a U-Boat Commander, excellent piccies and comprehensive narrative too.

Type VII U Boats by Robert Stern

Photographs, diagrams and narrative of all the different Type VII boats used.

Wolf Pack - Story of the U Boat war in WWII By Gordon Williamson

Excellent piece of research that delves into the main U Boats used and also a look into the construction of the bunkers and other aspects of the U Boat war, some nice illustrations included too.

Hitlers U Boat War Volumes I and II By Clay Blair.

Dry narrative of the U Boat war with very little in the way of personal anecdotes BUT an excellent archivew with excellent appendices.

Ace of Aces by Teddy Suhren - Memoirs of a U Boat rebel.

A fantastic read with excellent clarity of the horror and l;ighter moments of life as a U-Boat Commander.

Shooting the War by Otto Giese with J E Wise Jr.

Excellent account of the merchant sailors life on board the blockade runners in the Pacific and later his time onboard U Boats later on, excellent photographs included, Giese proves to be an accomplished photographer too.

U Boat War Ace - the story of Wolfgang Luth by Jordan Vause.

Excellent biography of the legend that was Luth, a very compelling read, hard to put down.

The U Boat Commander's Handbook

A US Navy wartime reprint of the original handbook captured from U-505, this one being reprinted in 1989. An interesting read nontheless.

Iron Coffins By Herbet A Werner

An excellent and compelling read, couldn't put the book down, a somewhat sad end to his journey.

Das Boot By Lothar-Gunther Buchheim

Excellent and somewhat frustrating read, but when this one gets going it's hard to put down.

Herschfeld The secret Diary of a U-Boat By Wolfgang Herschfeld

Sorry not read it yet, so no brief opinion of it.

Lastly one extra book not pictured but a very worthwhile book to look out for;

The Longest Battle - The War at Sea 1939-45 by Richard Hough

Covers all the main battles and campaigns that spanned the globe, excellent pictures too.

09-12-2006, 09:34 AM
Thats a great collection Goose, yeah i know, there is a really old bookshop near me and i can pick up some real treasures. i got Wolfpack U-Boats at war(philip Kaplan/jack Currie) 80p, i offered them more but they just looked at me like http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif I ran outta there like it was christmas morning http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

09-12-2006, 09:37 AM
Ohhh Goose you got 'Shooting The War' ! I want that!

*RJ goes off to put up a shelf so he can post a pic of all his books*

09-12-2006, 09:40 AM
To everyone,

Please feel free to post a picture of your U Boat library.

09-17-2006, 09:33 PM

My small u-boat library

02-26-2007, 02:53 AM
Originally posted by Goose_Green:
To everyone,

Please feel free to post a picture of your U Boat library.

Old thread but ... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif
below my small marine WWI & WWII library
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02-26-2007, 09:56 AM
I would post my list here but at 57 books I AINT typing it all out again pmsl.

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif Yes I did say 57! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

First & Second world war, includes surface fleet and fleet air-arms. I can also add about 10 books if we include airforces http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I SERIOUSLY need to get out more lol!

02-26-2007, 11:42 AM
Well, I have only 4 books specifically about u-boats, all books from Buchheim! I have some movies too though (DVD/VHS): Das Boot, U-571, U-Boat, The enemy below

I have added two clickable pics of my books. The other ones are historic books, photo books or map books!

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02-26-2007, 12:23 PM
Here's Mine. Unbelievably, I left out of the picture Das Boot! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif I've since added Clay Blair's 'Combat Patrol' to get me in the mood for SHIV.

We should start an SH Lending Library!


02-26-2007, 12:50 PM
my dads is huge but he scattered it over several shelves so he'd be angry if i pulled it down. he's been studying since he was 12. hes 53 now.

02-26-2007, 12:57 PM
Celeon cant nearly keep up with that http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/touche.gif

02-26-2007, 01:01 PM
But i count 43. Among these are numerous analytical books, personal accounts, fiction, and a personal account from an I-boat captain. And tell me if i'm cheating, but i took all my books about WWII submarines. And there are boxes of paperbacks downstairs.

almost all of which i've read.

and as to the person that started here... i owned 4 of those books.

02-27-2007, 09:51 AM

hehe I am still in the lead with 57! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

There MUST be somebody who has more books than me thow!!

02-27-2007, 10:01 AM
Celeon can only try to impress you with the official war diary of the Wehrmacht http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

8 books , 9203 pages. That was INDEED a ww size war http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif


02-27-2007, 10:10 AM
This looks like a set of heavyweight weapons!

02-27-2007, 11:59 AM
I've got

Uboat Commander by Erich Topp
Uboat Commander by Peter Cremer
Uboat Commander by Gunter Prien
10 Years and 11 Days by Karl Doenitz
Uboat Commander's Handbook
Iron Coffins

02-28-2007, 02:29 AM
@Celeon999. Where did you get the "Kriegstagebuch des OKW" series. Looked in amazon.de and they for sure don't have it. Also searched around a bit and can't find it on the net... You got a web address maybe where one could order it?

02-28-2007, 03:01 AM
They have it http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Look here (http://www.amazon.de/Kriegstagebuch-Oberkommandos-Wehrmacht-Wehrmachtsf%C3%BChrungsstab-1940/dp/3763759336/ref=pd_ka_1/028-8979168-2570954?ie=UTF8&s=books)

Better said they dont sell it themselves but you can buy it via them.

But its very dry stuff.

Daily reports, statistics, only a few maps, and lots of uninteresting bureaucratic stuff like Goering asked for this, Doenitz wrote a memo to Hitler etc., Hitler orders this and this....

Afrika Corps says new air filters are better than old ones but still not good enough etc.

Interesting are the intelligence reports you find here and there like :

"British tanks in Al-idontknow have huge problems with their airfilters and are not mobile at the moment" "Short on ammo too"

02-28-2007, 03:41 AM
Here is an example how cryptic it is written :

31. May 1941

1. WFst (Wehrmachtführungstab) : From telegram Rahn and Grobba : German plane Iraq to Rhodos is supposed to come back immidiately.

Iraqi government decides crossing border to Iran, wants to continue fight with 1. division at Mossul if german support is asked for and france allows german support from syrian territory.

+L will force statement from department of foreign policies

Staff F[elmy] goes to Aleppo first.

2. Meeting Führer-Duce is to be forced.

Condition Kreta advantageous. English going back to S. Connection to Iraqlion established. English troop landing begins.

Bulgerian ammunition steamer exploded in late afternoon in Piräus. Several ships sunk.

5.Pz.Div. ready to move. Italian fighter squadrons in air combat.

+L : General statement of the Führer regarding Turkey : no further involvement of Turkey, politicly unrealiable, performs nothing militarily, no consecration of plans, no weapon or troop support for turkey, no give away of conquered greek territory.

Path Saloniki-Larissa in 1 1/2 , Larissa_Athen in 6-9 months complete, therefore troop landing via Saloniki.

Führer departs for meeting with Duce this afternoon.

02-28-2007, 05:22 AM
Well I was suprised that this old thread had resurfaced from the deep (pun unitended!)

I thought I would add some more to the collection, no photo I'm afraid.

UK Ministry Of Defence Publication on German Naval History - The U Boat War in the Atlantic 1939-1945

This one written with the help of Doenitz son in law Gunter Hessler and Korvettenkapitan Alfred Hoschatt includes some fantastic diagrams too.

U Boot Auf Feindfahrt - Harald Busch
Printed during the war, my copy is a bit tatty but includes some outstanding pictures

Weyers Taschenbuch Der Kreigsmarine Flotten 1941/42
Covered in an another thread somewhere, plates, diagrams of all the major naval vessels in the world at the time, this book is in German and is an authentic manual that could have sat in any of the Kreigsmarine naval vessels during the war.

Attack and Sink by Bernard Edwards
A compelling book about the fate of Slow Convoy 42 and the 21 U Boats of wolfpack Markgraf during early September 1941 - could not put this one down.

Doenitz and the Wolfpacks - The U Boats at War by Bernard Edwards
Not read this one yet!

U Boat Tankers - Submarine Suppliers to Atlantic Wolfpacks by John F White
Not read this one yet!

Torpedo Junction by Homer H Hickman Jr
Not read this one yet!

The Golden Horseshoe - The story of Otto Kretschmer Germany's top U Boat Ace
Fantastic read a must for anyone interested in the subject - could not put this one down!

U Boat Aces by Geoffrey Jones
Not read this one yet!

U Boat 977 - The U Boat that escaped to Argentina by Heinz Schaeffer
Not read this one yet!

Kreigsmarine U Boats 1939-45 by Chris Bishop
Not read this one yet!

02-28-2007, 05:48 AM
Originally posted by Goose_Green:
Well I was suprised that this old thread had resurfaced from the deep (pun unitended!)

Yes I was also surprised http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

02-28-2007, 02:05 PM
@ Celeon999 THANKS!!!! I don't mind the "dry stuff" I just love any "German" stuff from WWII, nope I am no Neo Nazi...just love the design of the tanks and the snappy uniforms, and nope i am not a S&M Gay either :P Been in to German stuff since I built my 1st Tamiya Model of a Pzkw III back in 1978 or so...gonna order me this MASTODONT work of paper whether I will read it or not. Again thanks a a lot man!.

12-30-2008, 03:13 AM
I just bought few books
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the best is old book grey edition (1963) - "WWII at sea" - this book was very expensive in early '60
so many details of each battle, ships, maps and wider context of Campaigns
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12-30-2008, 05:06 PM
Pretty impressive. I can't compete with such voluminous libraries, and don't have nearly as many as some, but I have quite a few that you all have. I didn't notice two particular books. Hopefully the images come out.

Count Not the Dead The Popular Image of the German Submarine by Michael Hadley, is a very interesting treatise of the German submarine commander and his image before, during, and after the war. It is a must read, and delves into various personalities as well as the conflict between Buchheim and his war against "Das Boot" producer and director Wolfgang Petersen, U-Boot Commander Karl-Friedrich Merten, and eventually anyone who had a difference of opinion with him. Really fascinating reading. I highly recommend the book.


Sharks and Little Fish by Wolfgang Ott is an extremely interesting look at German sailors on a fishing vessel before the war, who then join the Kriegsmarine and are detailed onto a minesweeper. Their life at sea and in port is quite the read. Then they end up training and sailing on a U-Boot. Ott really knows how to write, and in many ways, is much better than Buchheim and his Das Boot, although I may be dancing on the razors edge of the heretic for saying that, because for so many years Das Boot has been, and continues to be a defining novel of the U-Boot sailor's war. I think Ott deserves just as much acclaim though, along with Herbert Werner and his Iron Coffins. I wouldn't have known about Ott's excellent novel if I hadn't read Hadley's book first.


I highly recommend both books.