Using his own experiences, log books, and correspondence with other U-boat crewmen, Hans Goebeler offers rich and personal details about what life was like in the German Navy under Hitler. Since his first and last posting was to U-505, Goebeler's perspective of the crew, commanders, and war patrols paints a vivid and complete portrait unlike any other to come out of the Kriegsmarine. He witnessed it all, from deadly sabotage efforts that almost sunk the boat to the tragic suicide of the only U-boat commander who took his life during World War II. The vivid, honest, and smooth-flowing prose calls it like it was and pulls no punches.
U-505 was captured by Captain Dan Gallery's Guadalcanal Task Group 22.3 on June 4, 1944. Trapped by this "hunter-killer" group, U-505 was depth-charged to the surface, strafed by machine gun fire, and boarded. It was the first ship captured at sea since the War of 1812. Today, hundreds of thousands of visitors tour U-505 each year at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.
This edition includes a special foreword by Keith Gill, curator of U-505 at the Museum of Science and Industry.
©2008 Hans Jacob Goebeler and John Vanzo (P)2016 Tantor
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"Not impressed with the narration"
Disliked the unnecessary fake German soldier enthusiasm. The voice was annoying and made it bad.
"A fascinating view into WWII naval history."
I grew up in Chicago and spent a lot of time at the Museum of Science and Industry I toured the U-505 many times when it was located on the outside rotting in the elements. I was elated when the old war relic was going to be given a proper home underground and fully restored to its real wartime appearance as a memorial to those brave souls who lost there lives and those who survived.
This book really brought to life the story of what life was like from a crewman's prospective. The story told here was absolutely very informative and eye opening. This was one of those books that really holds your interest. This was a well written memoir about life in Germany during wartime and living and serving in the U boat service. Eye opening.
Narrator was excellent.
I enjoyed this. The author gave additional details about a submariner and specifically life aboard a u boat I had not heard elsewhere.
"Interesting U-boat book"
Interesting U-boat book but the narrator seemed a bit slow and sleepy, he didn't add any emotion when reading it. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it.
Great Book!; and full of life from a U Boat crewman aspect. is a definite keeper. Book won't let you down.
"I really enjoyed it."
A great book, but it sounds like they took a few recordings of each passage and stitched them together. The change in tone of voice and emotion breaks the flow a little. At one point, the same passage is read twice in a row.
"a sailors account of the ship he loved"
As interesting and dramatic as the classic, Das Boot. Not to be missed. You will feel like you are onboard and understand the German figjting man during times of better and worse.
"60% of the book is great"
At first it was really interesting to hear about life as a U-boat crew member. But quickly the other 40% is the author bragging about having sex with prostitues and talking about how brave he was. Got hard to listen to after the fourteenth paragraph talking about "we U-boat men were better" etc. Also lamenting over the genocide the German people suffered after the war seems pretty ridiculous considering what happened during the war.
"More Saints Than Ordinary Seamen?"
If the book was an objective telling of Goebler's experience rather than subjective claims that the average seaman were more like the 12 Apostles or Saints than ordinary courageous seaman it would be a good book.. Truth be told it is about 50% true story and 50% bollocks.
The value is in the story of average seaman but with a heavily slanted standpoint that is utter nonsense.
He has a sympathetic quality to his delivery that is comfortable. Yes, comfortable.
All the characters have a place in the story so I would not cut any of them.
Would not recommend the book to those of my friends that are interest in submariner's memoirs.
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