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Type VII: Germany's Most Successful U-Boats [Hardcover]

Marek Krzysztalowicz

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Aug. 15 2012
First conceived in the mid-1930s, the Type VII was still in production in the closing stages of the Second World War a decade later. Subject to continuous improvement through six major variants and with around 650 completed, it was built in larger numbers than any other submarine design in history. It formed the backbone of the Kriegsmarine's campaign against merchant shipping for the whole of the war, and in terms of tonnage sunk was by far the most successful U-boat type.This encyclopaedic work combines a technical description of the type in all its variations with a history of its development and an overview of its most significant operations - especially those convoy battles that were to have a crucial impact on the evolution of the design and its equipment. A particular attraction of the book is the comprehensive visual coverage - photographs of virtually every aspect of design, construction, fittings and shipboard life; highly detailed general arrangement plans and close-up scale drawings; and, with modelmakers in mind, a stunning collection of full-colour three-dimensional illustrations of every external feature and variant of the boats.There have been many books on U-boats - reflecting an enduring public interest - so any new offering has to be special. With its unique concentration of information and illustrative reference, Type VII is unrivalled.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: US Naval Institute Press (Aug. 15 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591148693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591148692
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 24.5 x 28.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #170,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy Addition June 4 2012
By Michael Dunham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The book is well bound,a nice quality of semi-gloss paper.Abundant photos,excellent drawings,lots of color art devoted to primarily different conning tower/weapons arrangement;hull illustrations,too,but I would have liked more addressing the hull itself,particularly those areas normally immersed.Excellent text does a complete history of the U Boat,both descriptions of the boat as well as operational history,particularly the nice listing of Boat#,Captain,area of ops,ops,and fate of the Boat.
It will also serve as an excellent source for modelers,a number of photos are new to me,and the artists perspectives in the illustrations will serve builders well. Highly recommended for both the U Boat enthusiast as well as folks just wanting a "one volume" work covering the immortal Type VII.
Mike
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for Dad Feb. 18 2014
By Ralph Bernard - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book for my dad, who is a WW2 German Navy veteran. He loves it and says that it will take him almost a year to research all of the photos. He was on U-603, a type VIIC.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!! March 6 2013
By Eric - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book! It is very detailed and informative!! The pictures in the book is valuable and I couldn't find those on the web! A must have for the u-boat buff like myself!
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars June 30 2014
By Pedro J Garcia Ruiz - Published on Amazon.com
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Fine historical review
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, well documented and recounted April 16 2014
By andrew p motel - Published on Amazon.com
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The impact of the Type VII U Boat on Allied shipping and the early years of WW II is masterfully retold in this competently crafted work

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