U-Boat 977, The True Story of the U-Boat That Escaped to Argentina

There have been many claims and conspiracy theories about U-Boats fleeing to South America and other destinations in the closing stages of WWII. This is a true account of one U-Boat that reached Argentina – whether it is the full story may be the subject of debate, but this is a very interesting account by the commander of U 977 – Most Highly Recommended.


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NAME: U-Boat 977, The True Story of the U-Boat That Escaped to 
Argentina
FILE: R2679
AUTHOR: Heinz Schaffer
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, Greenhill Books
BINDING: hard back
PAGES:  213
PRICE: £19.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, Second World War, World War 2, wolf 
pack, submarines, U-Boats, Battle of the Atlantic, escape to South 
America, Argentina

ISBN: 1-78438-249-0

IMAGE: B2679.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: There have been many claims and conspiracy theories 
about U-Boats fleeing to South America and other destinations in the 
closing stages of WWII. This is a true account of one U-Boat that 
reached Argentina – whether it is the full story may be the subject 
of debate, but this is a very interesting account by the commander 
of U 977 – Most Highly Recommended.

Conspiracy theorists tend to stick to their beliefs whatever proofs 
are presented for an alternative possibility. This account was given 
by the U-Boats skipper and the rest of his crew were free to offer 
alternative narratives had they wished. As a result, there is a 
reasonable claim that the account given through this book is the 
real story, although it does not speak for other 'missing' U-Boats.

In the closing stages of WWII in Europe, there were many Germans who 
refused to believe that they had once again been beaten in a war they 
caused. Those who could, considered fleeing and hoping to fight 
again, much as happened in 1918. This time there was clear evidence 
of defeat because Germany was partitioned and occupied, but it was 
not immediately evident. This U-Boat crew responded in much the same 
way as RN crews in the Mediterranean responded to the post Dunkirk 
situation. There was widespread agreement that, had the Germans 
invaded and occupied the British Isles, the RN would sail to Canada 
and continue the fight. It was only slightly different from the 
situation considered by the crew of U977 in that the Commonwealth 
would have survived and a Government in Exile rapidly formed to fight 
and defeat Germany, liberating the British Isles and the rest of 
Europe.

For the crew of U977, they doubted the radio messages about 
surrender, occupation of Germany was not yet completed, and the 
only possibly friendly ports might be in Argentina. Married crew 
members were torn between what they saw as duty to Germany and 
duty to their families. A voyage to Argentina was clearly going 
to be full of dangers and there was no certainty that Argentina 
would be pleased to see them.

The voyage of U977 was epic. It is an exciting tale of endurance 
after first putting married crew mates ashore in Norway to allow 
them to go back and support their families. The reader will be 
held by the story to the end.