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U-Boat Ace The Story of Wolfgang Luth (Paperback)

Author:  Jordan Vause
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1557508631
ISBN-13: 9781557508638
Sku: 30782604
Publish Date: 12/1/2001
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 6L x 0.75T
Pages:  264
Age Range:  NA
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An exceptional figure in the history of the German Navy, Wolfgang Luth was one of only seven men in the Wehrmacht to win Germany's highest combat decoration, the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds. At one time or another he operated in almost every theater of the undersea war, from Norway to the Indian Ocean, and became the second most successful German U-boat ace in World War II, sinking more than 220,000 tons of merchant shipping. A master in the art of military leadership, Luth was the youngest man to be appointed to the rank of captain and the youngest to become commandant of the German Naval Academy. Nevertheless, his accomplishments were overshadowed by those of other great aces, such as Prien, Kretschmer, and Topp.

The publication of this book in hardcover in 1990 marked the first comprehensive study of Luth's life. Jordan Vause corrects the long neglect by providing an entertaining and authoritative biography that places the ace in the context of the war at sea. This new paperback edition includes corrections and additional information collected by the author over the past decade.

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Equivalent Ranks (World War II).............................ix
Foreword............................................................xi
Preface.............................................................xv
Introduction.......................................................xix
1  Preparation.......................................................1
2  All Beginnings Are Difficult.....................................17
3  The Iron Cross Boat..............................................35
4  A Night of Long Knives...........................................51
5  The Balt and His Men.............................................69
6  The End of Happy Times...........................................81
7  Problems of Leadership...........................................97
8  "Good Luck and Good Shooting!"..................................113
9  The Second Lüth.................................................131
10  Death and Flying Fishes........................................147
11  The Long Patrol................................................165
12  Evening Song...................................................187
13  Afterward......................................................205
Notes..............................................................217
Bibliography.......................................................227
Index..............................................................231

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0264
Product attributePublisher:   US Naval Institute Press
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