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In 1941, the year when the German Wolfpacks were the masters of the oceans, Hitler decided to send a few of his U-boats to patrol just off the American coastline. Among these was U-68, a type IX C U-Boat under the command of the famous U-Boat Captain, Karl Friedrich Merten. "A Gray Wolf in the Atlantic" is the account of a single mission of this famous submarine, during which it was responsible for sinking some 55,000 tons of Allied shipping.In addition to the history of the mission the book includes detail on the working methods and tactics used the U-Boats in combat during this part of the war. Terms and tactics are explained both in the narrative and by means of diagrams, which include such things as the configuration of merchant vessels and destroyers or corvettes that protected them in convoy. Merten was one of the most famous submarine captains of the Kriegsmarine, He carried out 6 missions as Captain of U-68. During his command, she sank a total of 12 vessels and was one of eight submarines which tool part in the rescue of survivors when the supply ships Atlantis and Python were sunk.After the period of this account, U-68 completed missions in the Red Sea and off the coast of Africa. Merten was no longer in command when U-68 met its demise at the hands of aircraft from the USS Guadalcanal in April 1944.This fascinating new book sheds new light on U-Boat activities off the American coastline at the beginning of World War II and will be of interest both to U-Boat enthusiasts and those interested in our naval history.
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