Ten Years and Twenty Days, The Memoirs of Karl Doenitz

An important perspective of the German U-Boat service and WWII. The author was a U-Boat commander in WWI and Grand Admiral in WWII. – Recommended Reading.

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NAME: Ten Years and Twenty Days, The Memoirs of Karl Doenitz
FILE: R3141
AUTHOR: Reich Fuhrer, Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz
PUBLISHER: frontline books, Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PRICE: £19.99                                                               
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT:  WWII, World War II, World War 2, World War Two, Second World War, 
Battle of the Atlantic, U-Boats, convoys, Royal Navy, wolf packs, sinkings, death
 toll, Hitler's successor, merchant ships, North Atlantic, Norwegian Campaign, war 
crimes, War Crime Trials

ISBN: 1-84832-644-0
PAGES: 520
IMAGE: B3141.jpg
BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/u9de66x
DESCRIPTION: An important perspective of the German U-Boat service and WWII. 
The author was a U-Boat commander in WWI and Grand Admiral in WWII. – 
Recommended Reading.

This comprehensive personal view of the conduct of war at sea during WWII is a 
most important source of information for professionals and enthusiasts of naval 
history. It is a memoir and therefore includes some personal aspects that may not be 
agreed by others as the true facts, but it is well structured and the only view from the 
top of the U-Boat service. There is a Preface by Jack P Mallmann and an Introduction 
and Preface by Jurgen Rohwer that are helpful in bringing the reader into the body of 
the memoirs. It must be remembered that Doenitz was not only a career naval officer 
with experience of submarine warfare during WWI and senior command experience 
during WWII, but he was an enthusiastic supporter of Hitler and the NSDP who saw 
a Nazi destiny for Germany as ruler of the World. He was also chosen as the next 
Reich's Fuhrer by Adolf Hitler, taking that position on Hitler's death by suicide. 

When he was placed on Trial at Nuremberg for War Crimes, it was a very subjective 
prosecution. It rested largely on his unconditional warfare orders to his U-Boat 
commanders that resulted in survivors being machine gunned in their lifeboats by 
surfaced U-Boats that had sunk their ships. In fairness to Doenitz, a normal criminal 
trial is likely to have dismissed the charges because his orders were given to deny
 support to survivors, after a U-Boat had linked up the lifeboats from a ship that it had 
sunk and towed them towards safety when it and the lifeboats were attacked by an 
American bomber. His orders were that U-Boat skippers should not risk their boats 
and crews in assisting survivors. That was interpreted by some skippers to go a stage 
further and kill survivors.

In his memoirs, Doenitz gives a reasonably objective account of the war at sea that is 
unique because he commanded the U-Boat service without break through that period. 
It is a readable account that provides fine detail in an easy to understand manner and 
for that alone must result in this book being in the top selection of valuable memoirs 
of war.