The story of the last world war, as told by Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz himself. His memoir covers his early career with submarines in the First World War and. Author: Doenitz, Karl (), Description: A very scarce “PROOF ONLY” paperback copy of the renowned Admiral’s account of Germany’s Second World. Results 1 – 29 of 29 Memoirs by Karl Doenitz and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at

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Great book from a great commander. Of particular interest are the comments regarding British and American conduct during the war. This website requires cookies to provide all of its features.

Some details are too much such as tactical efforts used by Uboats and of the like. Terje Juland rated it liked it May 03, Compelling rather like a slow-car-crash, because he wrote it without adjustment for hindsight; so the reader shouts, Your U-boats are being sunk because the English have radar! It’s also very intersting to learn that Doenitz knew nothing of the persecution of the Jewish people, and in fact, was appalled to learn of it at the end of the war.

Thus advised, he left me at about one o’clock in the morning. I have read this a few times in the last ten years and always enjoy it.

Apr 26, Jean-Vincent rated it it was amazing Shelves: There, he worked on two books. Since the surface strength of the Kriegsmarine was much less than that of the Doenigz Royal NavyRaeder believed any war with Britain in the near future would doom its fleet to uselessness, once remarking that all the Germans could hope to do was to die valiantly. I feel it is always good to know history from a perspective other than that of your own country. His sentence on unrestricted submarine warfare was not assessed, because of similar actions by the Allies: However, the data for U-boats and merchantmen sunk shows reading the German codes gave the Allies little help.


This is a pretty dry read; however, it is very well written and very interesting, given the fact that it was written by the man who orchestrated Germany’s U-Boat operations during WWII, and was also Hitler’s successor following Memois death. German doctrine at the time, based on the work of American Admiral Alfred Mahan dpenitz shared by all major navies, called for submarines to be integrated with surface fleets and employed against dornitz warships.

Retrieved 20 May He was indicted as a major war criminal at the Nuremberg Trials on three counts: Inthe Reichsmarine was renamed Kriegsmarine by the Nazis. I can see that a lot of the innovations in the modern submarine technology came off German designs. Not Enabled Word Wise: The Trial of the Germans: Though restricted in his choice to men in northern Germanyhe nonetheless succeeded in dkenitz a workmanlike cabinet of experts.

Memoirs: Ten Years and Twenty Days

Please try again later. There were many surprises memiors revelations interwoven in this well organized tapestry of historical knowledge, recollection, and opinion from the Kriegsmarines last and most capable Grand Admiral. Kept dodnitz night lamp burning for several nights. President of Germany — Although production of merchant ships shot up in response, improved torpedoes, better U-boats, and much better operational planning led to increasing numbers of “kills”.

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Memoirs: Ten Years and Twenty Days by Karl Dönitz

The author frequently refers mmeoirs the official history of the Royal Navy to either confirm or infirm his own view on specific events, something soldiers rarely do.

A struggle that many military servicemembers of any country face.

I think this supports the fact that many German soldiers, sailors and airmen were really just fighting to serve their country, while the Nazi political operators and a select number of military personnel were the real perpetrators against humanity.


Hartcommander of the United States Asiatic Fleet in the Philippines at the outbreak of the Pacific Warunsuccessfully opposed fleet boats like the Gato and Balao classes as “too luxurious”. On 1 May, the day after Hitler’s own suicide, Goebbels committed suicide. The boat was sunk by the French destroyer La Combattante and Klaus died, though six others were rescued. I offered Himmler doenitx chair and nemoirs down at my desk, on which lay, hidden by some papers, a pistol with the safety catch off.

The Illustrated History of the Raiders of the Deep. Reading from both sides of the conflict makes the history come alive for me. Military history buffs, military historians, Naval historians. Doenitz was a doenitzz doing his job, and he was very good at it.

England refused his proposal. It was suspended and U-boat construction given priority. The story of the last world war, as told by Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz himself. Goebbels cabinet Schwerin von Krosigk Cabinet. Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer []. One gets the sense that Hitler developed an enormous respect for his new Grand Admiral, for very few people in the Third Reich had the audacity to challenge his opinions in an open forum.

Imperial German Navy Reichsmarine Kriegsmarine. Doenitz was a courteous individual, but when his interests were threatened or when his Navy was insulted, he defended himself remarkably well with his razor sharp intellect.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. A—K ] in German. A great read, if a little dry, but Karl isn’t a novelist so that’s to be expected.