Book Review-‘Hitler’s Attack U-boats: The Kriegsmarine’s WWII Submarine Strike Force’ by J. P. Mallmann Showell,

By Duncan Connors, published February 2022


In 1986 economic historian Corelli Barnet promoted a hypothesis that the German economy was far stronger during the Second World War than appearances may suggest. While evidence does not back this up, German submarine production was, due in no small part to the organizational skills of Albert Speer and to the system of distributed manufacturing within Germany. In this book Jak P. Mallmann Showell sheds light on the physical characteristics of German U-boats used during the Atlantic Campaign, specifically the Type VII and its antecedents to show how important the submarine was to the Kriegsmarine’s war and by doing so sheds light on how Germany chose a simple and easy to produce design to rearm its submarine force…

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Filed under: Atlantic | Interwar | WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Submarines

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