Ten Years and Twenty Days*
By Admiral Karl Doenitz. New York: The World Publishing Company, 1959. Illustrated. Appendices. 490 pages. $6.00.
REVIEWED BY Lieutenant Commander P. K. Kemp, R.N.(Ret).
When Doenitz was called by Hitler to succeed Grand Admiral Raeder as Commander-in-Chief of the German Navy, he subscribed whole-heartedly to his Fuehrer’s theory that the big ships of the German Navy were valueless in the war and that Germany’s only hope lay in her U-boats. Within a few weeks of being in supreme command, he had changed his opinion. He found himself forced to recant, and also to persuade Hitler to reverse his order. It must have been a bitter blow to him to find his strategic theories so rudely shattered.