The Golden Horseshoe

The Wartime Career of Otto Kretschmer, U-Boat Ace
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Published:May 15, 2011
By Terence Roberston (Author)

The legendary U-boat ace Otto Kretschmer was branded "the Wolf of the Atlantic," for his exploits as one of the Kriegsmarine's finest U-boat commanders. In his dramatic wartime career he sank ship after ship, sowing terror among Allied convoys and dismay in those charged with their protection. Kretschmer was a daring officer who favored bringing his U-boat into the heart of the convoy and destroying it from within.

Robertson draws upon first-hand accounts of the deadly game at sea to paint a masterly portrait of life in the U-boats and weaves in the fascinating story of Kretschmer's exploits. Kretschmer was eventually captured and became a prisoner of war in March 1941, spending the rest of the war in a POW camp in Canada, before his release in 1947.

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Product Details
  • Paperback : 224 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (May 15, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1591143276
  • ISBN-13: 9781591143277
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 X 8.5 in
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 oz
  • “…A highly captivating and a fine biography of Germany’s most successful U-boat commander during the Second World War…A fine chronicle of the wartime career of Otto Kretschmer…Highly accessible and a pleasure to read, for a general audience and historians alike.” — The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord

Terence Robertson worked as a journalist after serving in the German Navy. He also wrote Night Raider of the Atlantic, Escort Commander and Dieppe: The Shame and the Glory. He is deceased.

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