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The Story of Wolfgang Luth
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781557508638
  • Binding: Paperback & eBook
  • Era: World War II
  • Number of Pages: 264
  • Subject: U-Boats
  • Date Available: November 2001
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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.

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U-Boat Ace by Jordan Vause
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
By: Brendan McNally
Jordan Vause is the first naval historian to tell the full, true story of Wolfgang Luth, one of Nazi Germany's greatest U-Boat aces. He was a contradictory man, a great humanitarian, paternal captain to his men, and a cold unfeeling killer to those he sank. He was also a committed Nazi, who believed everything Hitler said. Vause does a great job of telling his story, and especially for going into the very odd circumstances surrounding his death a few days after the end of the war. Hats off to Jordan Vause, one of the best of the new breed of naval historian! I recommend this and Wolf to anyone interested in U-Boats! Brendan McNally Prague, author of Germania


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