Shadow Divers : How Two Men Discovered Hitler's Lost Sub and Solved One of the Last Mysteries of World War II, Paperback

Shadow Divers : How Two Men Discovered Hitler's Lost Sub and Solved One of the Last Mysteries of World War II Paperback

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February 1945 - The war is almost over and Britain and America rule the waves.

To enlist for a German U-boat is suicidal. But sixty young Nazi soldiers choose to enter the cramped underwater conditions of the U-869 for the most difficult mission of all - to reach and then bomb the coast of America.

Several weeks later the boat barely has enough fuel to make it home and radio links with Germany are broken.

The commander, Neuerberg, must make a tough decision: to carry on to America and risk death in the pursuit of glory, or to admit defeat and return home.

Driven by pride, patriotism and determination, he decides to risk it.

June 1991 - A group of deep-sea divers hear about the wreck of a U-boat 260 feet beneath the sea.

There are virtually no records of the Nazi submarine, and an on-location investigation is extremely dangerous.

But twelve divers decide to take the risk. Over the next six years they eventually piece together an incredible story.

In the process three of the divers die, marriages collapse, and history is made.

Deep water wreck diving is the world's deadliest sport, and John Chatterton and Richie Kohler pushed its limits. This is a beautifully written, dramatic book about one of the greatest of human traits - the resolve people find in moments of deepest peril.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages, Illustrations (some col.), ports. (some col.)
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780340824559



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What makes people take the type of risks they do? This is a true adventure story that rivals fiction with intense action. This is a true adventure story about a group of deep wreck divers, who discover a sunken German U-boat sixty miles off the New Jersey coast. It becomes an amazing story, as two of the most prominent divers, try to unravel the mysteries of this lost sub, taking many years and costing several lives in their relentless quest. This author immerses the reader in deep diving culture, which is both thrilling and very deadly. Highly recommended! Every once and awhile you read a really great book. This was one.

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Some books are meant to be read in one go, and this book is one of them. I read it in two days, loathing the times when I had to put it down for work or much needed sleep. Shadow Divers tells the true story of some adventurous men, deep wreck divers, who found a mysterious U-boat wreck off New Jersey. To discover the identity of the boat the divers did extensive research in US and German war archives and history and made many dives to the treacherous wreck located at 230ft of water depth in the strong current and the roaring waves of the cold Atlantic Sea. The dives were peppered with near misses and accidents, and claimed divers' lives, such was the danger. To me the book is very captivating because as a diver I love to hear dive stories, and this book tells the stories of the elite group of divers, the SAS of the diving world. Not only these are great divers, they are also legends because they were pioneers, they did their daring dives when the diving technology is not yet like now. They are also adventurers and explorers and it is our nature to admire this kind of breed. The book is also very absorbing because it tells the moving story of another group of brave people - the crew of the German U-boat, young people whose brief lives were caught in a war. Another engrossing aspect of the book is the mystery. Not until almost the end of the book that we get the true identity of the U boat, so the journey became a thrill to us the readers. Robert Kurson worked very closely with the main actors in the story, John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, and in the end note he ensures people of the closeness of his story to the true story by citing the sources. Kurson's writing style can sometimes be a bit annoying from trying too hard to make the story telling too gripping with the short sentences and the overused of superlatives for his heroes. They seem like people who can do no wrong. Duh. Also, there is one thing this book makes me uncomfortable - the glorifying of divers taking prizes from wrecks. My main diving principle includes taking nothing from the sea and many of these divers seem to be gloating in stripping a wreck bare. Sad.However, it is a good and inspiring book to read. Divers and non divers alike, history buffs and the non historical kind will find it enjoyable and entertaining.

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