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U-188: A German Submariner's Account of the War at Sea

Klaus Willmann


Unique first-account from a member of a German submarine crew. He fought in the Atlantic and in the Far East and gives a rare view of the war under the sea.
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"a tribute to our better natures"

The Guardian

Anton Staller was a U-boat lookout, rising no higher than Leading Seaman and his account of the war from the lower ranks is unique. He served on the Type IXc/40 boat, U-188 under Kapitanleutnant Ludden on three patrols witnessing the stark reality of convoy warfare from his lookout position on the conning tower of his submarine. His U-boat sank the British destroyer HMS Beverley and eight merchant ships exceeding 100,000 gross tons but the submarine also spent many hours submerged under depth-charge attacks. More so than many of his contemporaries, Staller was prepared to reveal his thoughts and feelings of his experiences of the war at sea, and of his time on the conning tower, at the hydrophons, and cleaning weapons as a messboy. His journal demonstrates how political thinking rarely entered the minds of the U-boat men, even though many of them, such as Ludden, did not choose to serve in submarines. Staller was not a Nazi and came from a Socialist Party background, yet he never questioned the cause he was fighting for. To Staller it was simply 'Us or Them to the death'.
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Book publisherPen & Sword Books Ltd
Publication date5 Aug 2015
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