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Jay Sheely
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I've read a lot of U-Boat books and finally a good looking game arrives. I'm excited for PQ-17 and have read and re-read the rules. Can't wait!!

My good friend and I are always on the lookout for others and The Battle of the Atlantic is one of my favorite WWII topics. Others topics I love are the flat-top battles in the Pacific, American Infantry in Italy, France and Germany, and the Manhattan Project.


Anyways, here are 4 suggestions:

1) "Seizing the Enigma" which tells about the machine and the codes, and codebreaking. Includes the quote, 'No one dirtied their pants' following a depth charging. I've read it 3 times.

2) "Operation Drumbeat" is great and is about the 'happy times' early in the war where U-Boats were attacking up and down the eastern US. I've read it twice.

3) "Wolfgang Luth - U Boat Ace" Excellent book with a very sad ending.

4) "The Destruction of Convoy PQ-17" (it's on hold at the library, haven't read it)


I highly reccommend these books. Any other suggestions?
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On the other side, CS Forester's The Good Shepherd and Nicholas Monsarrat's The Cruel Sea. On the other, other side, a great number of books have been written about US operations in the Pacific, some by the captains of the subs involved, such as Run Silent, Run Deep by Edward L. Beach, Jr.
 
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Nice selection of books! I'd like to add a few more:

Lothar-Günther Buchheim: "The Boat"
This is one of the great war novels out there, gritty, detailed and with a strong anti-war stance.

Michael L. Hadley: "Count Not the Dead - Popular Image of the German Submarine"
This one is unique. It does not deal with the technical or tactical minutiae of submarine warfare. Instead it describes how and why uboots become such an important topic in German culture. The author examines novels, movies, propaganda postcards and newspaper articles from WWI to 1988, the year which saw Buchheim's "The Boat" published. Interesting chapter on how naval veterans tried to with-wash the submarine navy after WWII ("we were just fighting men, no connection to the Nazis" etc).

Michael Gannon: Black May
Detailed account of how new weaponry, technology and tactics succeeded in defeating the uboats in May 1943.
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I'll second the two titles by Michael Gannon with a particular emphasis on Black May. I also highly recommend Clay Blairs two volume set Hitlers U Boat War (he also wrote a 2 vol set on the US Pacific sub campaign but the Atlantic set is much better in my opinion).

For the escort view: U Boat Killer by Captain Donald Macintyre and Crisis Conoy by Vice ADM Peter Gretton.
 
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Two old titles that I haven't read in decades but quite enjoyed back in the day are The Hunters and the Hunted by Jochen Brennecke and The Sea Wolves by Wolfgang Frank.
 
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I hihgly receommend "WOLFPACK The Story of U-Boats in WWII" by Gordon Williamson, published by Osprey. It's a compilation of three or four single Osprey U-Boat-related titles.
Best of all, it sells for only $7.95 from Edward R Hamilton' site (www.edwardrhamilton.com). It's item # 7296045.
Best eight buck book buy I've ever made.

Another is sold by Barnes and Nobles. It's a bargain gift book for about $10. It's got good interviews with crews, pix of restored interiors and equipment, maps, battle accounts, etc.
I don't recall the name (my copy is packed away), but it's something like WWII U-Boat Campaigns. It's one of the books they pile on the bargain tables around Christmas, so you'll have to look for it or wait a few months.
 
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Just finished "The Destruction of Convoy PQ-17". And it's pretty good although a touch old-fashioned in style. But very informative. It tells of the absolute importance of recon, the restrictions on the German Commanders and the blunders made by both sides.

I highly recommend this book as it's a perfect primer for the game that is speeding towards us at this moment.
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I enjoyed Iron Coffins for its overview. Allied air comes in as the big whammy for the end game.
 
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