Das Boot Paperback
Part of the Cassell Military Paperbacks series
Filled with almost unbearable tension and excitement, DAS BOOT is one of the best stories ever written about war, a supreme novel of the Second World War and an acclaimed film and TV drama. It is autumn 1941 and a German U-boat commander and his crew set out on yet another hazardous patrol in the Battle of the Atlantic.
Over the coming weeks they must brave the stormy waters of the Atlantic in their mission to seek out and destroy British supply ships.
But the tide is beginning to turn against the Germans in the war for the North Atlantic.
Their targets now travel in convoys, fiercely guarded by Royal Navy destroyers, and when contact is finally made the hunters rapidly become the hunted.
As the U-boat is forced to hide beneath the surface of the sea a cat-and-mouse game begins, where the increasing claustrophobia of the submarine becomes an enemy just as frightening as the depth charges that explode around it.
Of the 40,000 men who served on German submarines, 30,000 never returned.
Written by a survivor of the U-boat fleet, DAS BOOT is a psychological drama merciless in its intensity, and a classic novel of the Second World War.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 576 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 03/06/1999
- Category: Second World War fiction
- ISBN: 9780304352319
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Review by Philogos
Having seen some of the TV adaptation, I'd always intended to read this but it was only when my wife gave me a pre-owned copy for Christmas that I got round to it.The book provides an entirely convincing description of life on a u-boat, complete with the authentic contrast between the time spent bored witless on patrol and the nerve-twisting tension of combat. The last quarter of the book caused me considerable difficulty because I couldn't put it down and completely neglected some important things.The other interesting aspect of the book is its ability to draw one into the minds of people who - in the end - were fighting for Nazi Germany. Most people probably understand in theory how it must have felt to be fighting on the German side in WWII were able to do so, but this gives a very clear idea of how it must have felt.