Book Review-‘German U-Boat Losses During World War II: Details of destruction’ by Axel Niestle

By Marc Milner, published November 2020


Few ‘battles’ lend themselves more to the compilation of data than the Battle of the Atlantic between 1939 and 1945. The ships and aircraft engaged were finite and in many ways easily quantifiable. Warships in particular were the creations of massive modern state bureaucracies, managed and operated by organizations dedicated to recording every conceivable detail of their ships’ life cycle, from initial contracting for construction to operational use and ultimate disposal or loss. In the case of U-boats, however, their fate was not always clear to either the Germans or, surprisingly, to the Allies who sank them. And so settling, finally and concretely, the ultimate fate of each and every one of the 648 U-boats lost at sea between 1939 and 1945 has been a challenge for historians. Axel Niestle’s book German U-Boat Losses During World War II seems to be the final word – for now…

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Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Submarines

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