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Neither Sharks Nor Wolves: The Men of Nazi Germany's U-Boat Arm, 1939-1945 (SIGNED)

Mulligan, Timothy P.

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ISBN 10: 1557505942 / ISBN 13: 9781557505941
Published by US Naval Institute Press, 1999
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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As New. ; SIGNED on the half title page by Timothy Mulligan, not on a bookplate, but directly on the page (without any inscriptions to anyone) ; Tight, clean and crisp. No inscriptions. No remainder mark. Not price clipped. Not ex-library. An excellent First Printing of the First Edition protected in a new Mylar cover. As New. ; 9.22 X 6.27 X 1.13 inches; 340 pages; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 27561

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Title: Neither Sharks Nor Wolves: The Men of Nazi ...

Publisher: US Naval Institute Press

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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Although countless books have been written about the U-boat war in the Atlantic, precious few facts have come to light about the men who served in the submarines that wrought such havoc on Allied ships. Eager to get beyond the stereotypes perpetuated in movies and novels and find out who these elusive sailors really were, archivist Timothy Mulligan started searching official records. Eventually he went straight to the source, conducting a survey of more than a thousand U-boat officers and enlisted men and interviewing a number of them personally. The result is this character study of the German submarine force that challenges traditional and revisionist views of the service.

Mulligan found striking similarities in the men's geographic and social origins, education, and previous occupations, particularly within the specialized engineering and radio branches of the submarine force. The information he gathered establishes quantifiable patterns in age, length of service, and experience, as well as the organization's overall recruitment policies and training standards. The numbers and losses of U-boat personnel are also fully examined.

Beyond these objective characteristics, this study lists such subjective factors as morale, treatment of enemy ship survivors, and the relationship of the submariners to the Nazi regime, and it confirms a serious crisis in morale in late 1943. The roles played by the head of the U-boat arm, Grand Admiral Karl Donitz, and its organizational chief, Admiral Hans-Georg von Friedeburg, are thoroughly addressed. Mulligan concludes that the U-boat arm quickly evolved from a handpicked elite to a more representative sample of the German navy at large but continued to be treated as an elite force. The only comprehensive investigation yet published, this book also draws on POW interrogations of U-boat survivors and documentation of Kriegsmarine personnel policy obtained from German archives.

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