Wolfgang Luth was an exceptional submarine commander, second highest scoring U-Boat Ace of WWII. Luth operated in almost every theatre of the naval war and was one of only seven German military personnel to be awarded the Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds – Most Highly Recommended.
NAME: U-Boat Ace, The Story of Wolfgang Luth FILE: R2678 AUTHOR: Jordan Vauce PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, Greenhill Books BINDING: soft back PAGES: 233 PRICE: £16.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, Second World War, World War 2, wolf pack, submarines, U-Boats, Battle of the Atlantic, high scoring, tonnage sunk, Norway, Indian Ocean ISBN: 1-78438-274-4 IMAGE: B2678.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/y7l3vps4 LINKS: DESCRIPTION: Wolfgang Luth was an exceptional submarine commander, second highest scoring U-Boat Ace of WWII. Luth operated in almost every theatre of the naval war and was one of only seven German military personnel to be awarded the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds – Most Highly Recommended. The author has produced an impeccably researched and very well- written biography. He has presented a credible portrait of an outstanding submarine commander who was not only the second highest scoring Ace, but also survived the war in a service that suffered horrendous casualties in a battle of attrition to rival that fought by British, Commonwealth and US bomber crews in their battle in the skies over Germany. Luth was born in Riga, joined the Kreigsmarine in 1935, and was well on his way to command a U-Boat as the first steps to war had been taken. At the start of WWII, the U-Boat service had very few boats in service and many of these were the small Type II coastal boats. The Type VII became the backbone of the service through WWII, with the larger Type IX providing the reach to get into the South Atlantic. These boats were all based on WWI designs and were really submersible torpedo boats that spent most of their time on the surface, frequently engaging targets with guns rather than their torpedoes. As the RN increased their carrier strength with escort carriers, and the RAF began to re-equip Coastal Command with modern aircraft, it became dangerous for a U-Boat to travel on the surface. Many commanders trimmed their craft so that the decks were awash, reducing the time required to crash dive. Rather than remove deck guns, the Kreigsmarine simply added more anti-aircraft guns and radar warning receivers which did little to combat maritime patrol and attack aircraft and carrier-based fighters and bombers, but added to the drag when submerged, reducing performance further and increasing under water noise. Snorkel breathing masts did enable boats to run with just the snorkel and a periscope above the water, but continued to keep the boat at walking pace. For those U-Boats operating in the South Atlantic and Indian Ocean, as commanded by Luth, some were equipped with gyro kites to increase the visual horizon, reducing the risks of the boat being surprised on the surface, and allowing a better search for potential targets in what were large open oceans. Luth served through this period and survived, which was in itself no mean achievement. Many of his fellow Aces were killed or captured. The author has told the story well and based it on thorough research, this being a revised edition of a book first published in 1990 by the Naval Institute Press. The engaging text is fully supported by a fine selection of images reproduced through the body of the book.