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Discussion in 'Submarines and ASW Technology' started by GRW, Jan 10, 2004.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Hi,
    Anyone know any reliable sources for WW1 U-Boat kills etc?
    Been doing research on shipping losses on UK waters in both wars, but books on the WW2 u-boats are a damn sight more plentiful than WW1.
    I need dates, ships, cargoes carried, location (or lat/long), casualties, home port, destination, vessel dimensions & tonnage, and the name of the submarine responsible. Got nothing against u-boat.net, just prefer written sources.
    Anyone know of books with that much detail for WW1 U-Boats, or at least some of it?

    Regards,
    Gordon

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  2. Martin Bull

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    This is miles and miles away from being a subject I know anything about, Gordon, but have you read 'Business In Great Waters' by John Terraine ?

    I would imagine that this would at least carry a decent bibliography.....?
     
  3. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Martin,
    Still working on Terraine, but thanks for the suggestion.

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    Gordon
     
  4. Friedrich

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    Hope this helps, Gordon:

    "The U-Boats: The Evolution and Technical History of German Submarines" by Eberhard Rossler.

    "U-Boats of the Kaiser's Navy" by Gordon Williamson.

    "Verschollen: World War I U-Boats Losses" by Dwight R. Messimer.

    "Business in Great Waters: The U-Boat Wars 1916-1945" by John Terraine.

    "German U-Boat Crews 1914-1945" by Osprey Military.

    Forgot to mention that all of them are available at Amazon at relatively low prices. ;) :cool:
     
  5. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Many thanks -they're all added to my wants list! ;)

    Regards,
    Gordon
     
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    Gordon, I am a little surprised at your comment regarding uboat.net.

    have you checked their frontpage for books ? Listed are a rather large selction of British, US and German titles to fit your needs.

    By the way Ospreys work is trash, and Rösslers huge tome covers the technical aspects of the boats and not primarily on ops.

    ~Erich
     
  7. GRW

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    Hi Erich,
    I wasn't trying to denigrate u-boat.net in any way. I have checked them, and got the titles of a few books from them. I only meant I'm not keen on accepting info. from websites, without being able to double-check them in black and white.
    I wondered if other members whose research on the subject might be more advanced than mine could recommend any good titles.
    U-boat.net is very good from what I've seen so far, and when I can afford it I intend to join.
    Thanks for the info.

    Regards,
    Gordon

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  8. KnightMove

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    "Wolfpack" by David Jordan (mainly WW2)
    "The World's Great Submarines" by Antony Preston (submarine history in general)

    Both devote a chapter to WW1 submarine warfare, including examples, statistics, analysis, however not as detailed as you wish. Preston's book also has a chapter about U-boat hunters, including a statistic about the reasons for German U-boat losses.

    Once I've read a booklet about Austria's submarine warfare in WW1, which was not too exciting - Austria's U-boats accomplished around 2% of German sinkings. [​IMG]

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  9. GRW

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    Knight,
    Cheers for that. I came across a book on Austro-Hungarian submarine records from WW1 on the naval and Military Press website. I'll let you know if it's any good, once my finances improve enough to let me buy it!

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    Gordon
     

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