Book Review – ‘Type VII: Germany’s Most Successful U-boats’ by Marek Krzystalowicz
This book tells us the story of the Type VII U-boat and covers its genesis, characteristics, development, construction and some of its operation. The 1930s saw the rebirth of the German submarine service under Dönitz who formulated the tactic of the ‘wolf pack’ – the concerted attack by U-boats upon merchant shipping – in order to achieve the strategic goal of choking off essential supplies to Britain and starving her into submission. The Type VII was the wolf – small, cheap, readily mass-produced, yet seaworthy and with sufficient range and teeth for the job. It was a formidable weapon….