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At the start of the war, German U-boat technology vastly out performed that possessed by the Allies, and under the pressure of. .German U-boat tactics evolved over time.

At the start of the war, German U-boat technology vastly out performed that possessed by the Allies, and under the pressure of the war continual development helped keep pace with wartime needs and improvements in anti-submarine weaponry. But it was not just the technology that had to change. Used in a variety of roles, from coastal patrolling through to the combined actions of convey-hunting 'wolf packs', the tactics used by U-Boats were diverse.

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Gordon Williamson, Ian Palmer (Illustrations). Osprey's elite title on Germany's U-Boat tactics during World War II (1939-1945)

Gordon Williamson, Ian Palmer (Illustrations). Osprey's elite title on Germany's U-Boat tactics during World War II (1939-1945). At the start of the war, German U-boat technology vastly out performed that possessed by the Allies, and under the pressure of the war continual development helped keep pace with wartime needs and improvements in anti-submarine weaponry. This book analyses how the U-boats dominated the seas thanks to their innovative and daring tactical deployment, and how the cracking of the Enigma code effectively hamstrung them, greatly reducing their impact, a problem that even their advanced tactics failed to solve.

Gordon Williamson, Ian Palmer.

U-boat Tactics in World War II (Elite). Gordon Williamson was born in 1951 and currently works for the Scottish Land Register. He spent seven years with the military Police TA and has published a number of books and articles on the decorations of the Third Reich and their winners. He is author of a number of World War II titles for Osprey. Gordon Williamson, Ian Palmer. Wolf Pack: The Story of the U-Boat in World War II. Osprey.

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Osprey's elite title on Germany's U-Boat tactics during World War II (1939-1945). At the start of the war, German U-boat technology vastly out performed that possessed by the Allies, and under the pressure of the war continual development helped keep pace with wartime needs and improvements in anti-submarine weaponry. But it was not just the technology that had to change. German U-boat tactics evolved over time. Used in a variety of roles, from coastal patrolling through to the combined actions of convey-hunting 'wolf packs', the tactics used by U-Boats were diverse. This book analyses how the U-boats dominated the seas thanks to their innovative and daring tactical deployment, and how the cracking of the Enigma code effectively hamstrung them, greatly reducing their impact, a problem that even their advanced tactics failed to solve.

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Brakree
Osprey edition on U boat tactics is a valuable addition to literature on U boat war. Over the years Osprey has done a remarkable job by focusing on finer aspects of the conflict which form its vast panorama

U boat tactics is about wolf pack method evolved German Admiral Karl Doenitz for assailing Allied merchant shipping. Having read his memoirs I'm familiar with this important element in U boat war. Author here has provided tools to sharpen our understanding of the subject. These are, of course, superb 3 D color plate illustrations.

Plate A shows the approach methods of U boat stalking a convoy.In color plate B 3 different tactical scenarios have been enacted. They show how difficult it is at times for a U boat to intercept a fast moving convoy. Doenitz's tactical problem was interception of shipping which sailed in convoys across vast Atlantic ocean. Vast ocean spaces offered sufficient room for its concealment. Forming patrol lines across presumed path of the convoys may not help always.as illustration in plate D shows. Sea conditions often fluctuate. At times because of rough sea U boats unknowingly deviate from established patrolling path.. As the days go by the gap sufficiently widens allowing a convoy to sneak through.

So to key to accurate interception was radio intelligence. Here cryptanalytic branch of German naval intelligence B-Dienst did a brilliant job. Code breakers of B Dienst pierced ciphers used by British Admiralty in routing convoys. As a result U boat. command could accurately plot the routing path of the convoy and boats could be maneuvered to make the interception. Luftwaffe also chipped in with its long range aircraft FW 200 c Condors as Doenitz sought its help in tracking convoys. Fortunately for the Allies interservice rivalry hindered cooperation from blossoming.

Plate C shows merchant shipping sailing in convoy. Two things can be noticed. Illustration 1 only inadequate protection could be given to convoy owing to the shortage of destroyer escorts allowing sufficient space for a skilled and daring U boat captain to penetrate defensive screen.Attacks launched by Otto Kretschmer U-99 was the perfect manifestation of this technique. Plate D demonstrates how convoy protection techniques improved with the passage of time.

Plate E shows the tactics of the wolf pack. I was not happy with this illustration as it was not an accurate depiction of the events. U boats are shown moving toward.target in a line abreast formation. Actually, vessels widely dispersed, and after alerted by radio signals on the location of the convoy, converge toward its prey forming a pack. Nothing in the illustration shows this was the case and.so a small blemish

Author apart from giving brief operational history has discussed different defensive/ offensive armaments carried by U boats and various offensive and defensive techniques developed to fight Allied warships/ aircraft. Plate H provides graphic display of those aspects

Illustrations 2 and 3 (plate E ) show weaving path of German FAT, LUT torpedoes and their target acquisition pattern. Mention must also be made of G7 e wakeless torpedo ( suppressing sea swell) which can be fired without betraying the position of the U boat .

Plate G illusrates different devices used by allied navies and U boats to spot each others combat elements and their operational range.

To sum up. the the book has ably fulfilled purpose for it was meant and I would recommend it for U boat aficionados.
Tori Texer
This book provides an excellent succinct introduction to its topic. The book provides a very good overview of the tactics used by U-Boats through the war and how the evolved over the war. The tactics are also well illustrated through good graphics. For example, tactics such as U-boat attacks on convoys during the early days of the war (pre-radar) and later (after radar was introduced) in the war are discussed, submarine evasion of escorts on both the surface and underwater, tactics dealing with aircraft and reconnaissance are dealt with well, especially considering the very short length of the book (64 pages, about a third of which are illustration). There is also good discussion on how U-boat weapons and their development affected tactics (i.e., acoustic torpedoes, pattern running torpedoes, anti-sonar hull coatings, etc.). Due to the book's very short length, however, nearly all the topics covered are only touched upon.

All and all an excellent introduction to those interested in a very succinct yet good introduction to the subject. For those interested in a more detailed discussion of the topic, this reviewer recommends "The U Boat Commanders Handbook", published by the High Command of the German Navy. This book is mentioned in "U-Boat Tactics in WWII". As of May 2011 copies of this can be purchased on Amazon. This book does have weaknesses, however. One is that it was published in 1943 so no post 1943 tactics are discussed. In addition, quite a few factors of great importance were not known to the authors such as the allies having broken the Enigma codes. Nevertheless, the book provides a much lengthier and detailed discussion of tactics.
Barit
exactly what the title implies: a practical look at U-Boat tactics. Do they have one like this for world war I?
Doomwarden
great info! item as described! thank you!
Manarius
Product is awesome. Just make sure you do not order from Wordery USA!!!!!!!
Celace
Exemplary, by all measures. Buy it now!
Gold as Heart
the book is excellent, easy to read with good diagrams and lots of actual photos. an excellent writing tool for those who want to write stories about world war two at sea and for a basic on submarine tactics into the cold war.
Elaborates and illustrates the strategies and tactics used by the U-Boat fleet in WWII. Covers the evolving strategy as the Allies came up to speed on convoy protection, u-boat detection, u-boat hunting, and the war after the Enigma codes were compromised.
U-boat Tactics in World War II (Elite) download epub
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Author: Ian Palmer,Gordon Williamson
ISBN: 1849081735
Category: History
Subcategory: Military
Language: English
Publisher: Osprey Publishing (October 19, 2010)
Pages: 64 pages