Lone Wolf: The Life and Death of U-Boat Ace Werner Henke

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9780806127804: Lone Wolf: The Life and Death of U-Boat Ace Werner Henke

This book relates the life - and death - of the rebel German seaman who became one of the most successful U-boat commanders of World War II. In this carefully documented study, Timothy P. Mulligan tells the story of Werner Henke and the crew of U-515 in the Battle of the Atlantic, where they engaged in long-range "lone wolf" operations against Allied ships. The story of U-5l5 is closely correlated to the overall conduct of the U-boat war, including assessments of Karl Donitz's strategy, the influence of technological innovations, and the contributions of Allied signal intelligence. Henke sank twenty-four merchant vessels and two warships before U-515 itself was sunk and he and his crew captured by a U.S. task force in 1944. Fearing he would be turned over to the British and tried as a war criminal, Henke became the only U-boat captain killed in North America while trying to escape as a prisoner of war.

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… offers fresh insights into the Battle of the Atlantic through the story of a U-boat service that would ultimately lose three quarters of its men . . . PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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This book relates the life - and death - of the rebel German seaman who became one of the most successful U-Boat commanders of World War II. The story of Werner Henke - and a narrative outlining the history of his boat, U-515, and its crew - forms the basis for a biography of a man who defies the stereotypes of German character, who never fit in as a career officer in the German Navy, but who chose a suicidal death in acceptance of the code of the military service whose rules he continually bent and broke. Though the story Mulligan relates is engrossing and action-packed, it is also a carefully documented study that breaks new ground in uncovering the sociological background of Henke and his crew; in short, it is a study in German history as well as a biography of a U-Boat commander. Examining the backgrounds and attitudes of the crew - including their views on Hitler and the treatment of the Jews - Mulligan sheds new light on the men who constituted an elite in Hitler's Wehrmacht. The story of U-515 is also closely correlated to the overall conduct of the U-Boat war, including assessments of Karl Donitz's strategy, the influence of technological innovations, and the contributions of Allied signal intelligence. Henke's confrontation with the Gestapo and a detailed account of the sinking of the passenger liner Ceramic further add to the story, revealing the complex reality behind an image too long dominated by propaganda stereotypes.

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