U-Boote Crews: The Day-to-Day Life Aboard Hitler's Submarines
Jean Delize. Paris: Histoire & Collections, 2007. 128 pp. Illus. Bib. $42.95.
Reviewed by Captain Frederick H. Hallett, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)
For serious students of submarine warfare, this odd volume provides a very different slant on the history of Germany's Kriegsmarine submariners. It is odd for at least two reasons. The author clearly is not a submariner himself, sometimes explaining at length (and not always correctly) things that one learns in the first weeks of submarine training. Second, a good technically qualified English-speaking editor would have made many changes.
That said, this large-format book is still worthwhile. It features an extensive collection of photographs and illustrations of U-boats, German officers and crew members, unit insignia and badges, training facilities, and combat snapshots.