Steel Boat, Iron Hearts: A U-Boat Crewman's Life Aboard U-505 by Hans Goebeler, John P. Vanzo, Ben Weider, Michel Franceschi (Paperback, 2008)
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- DescriptionHans Goebeler is kwn to history as the man who pulled the plug on U-505 on June 4, 1944, due to his efforts to keep his beloved U-boat out of the hands of the Allied Task Group 22.3. Steel Boat, Iron Hearts is his -holds-barred account of his life aboard a frontline combat U-boat. Using his own experiences, log-books, and correspondence with other members of the Kriegsmarine, Goebeler offers rich and very personal details about what life was like in the German Navy under Hitler. Because Hans's first posting was to U-505, and he served throughout its career until its capture in June 1944, his perspective of the crew, its various commanders, dozen war patrols, and varied experiences paints a vivid and complete portrait unlike any other to come out of the Kriegsmarine. In 1944, when the chances of surviving a U-boat patrol were slim indeed, U-505 left Lorient for a combat patrol in the west central Atlantic. During its return to France the boat was discovered by Daniel Gallery's Task Group 22.3. Trapped by a hunter-killer group, the boat was depth-charged to the surface, strafed by machine gun fire, and eventually boarded and captured by the American Navy. Salvage crews managed to keep the damaged submarine above water long eugh to tow it to Bermuda. U-505's crew, meanwhile, was kept in isolation and had kwledge that their boat was captured. Steel Boat, Iron Hearts was originally published as a paperback for private distribution. This revised and expanded edition includes a foreword letter to Hans from Axel-Olaf Loewe, the boat's beloved first commander, corrected and revised text and additional photographs, many of them previously unpublished.
- Author BiographyHans Jacob Goebeler was born in Bottendorf, Germany, on November 9, 1923. At the age of 17, he joined the Navy and served as control room mate aboard U-505. Years later, Goebeler moved his family to the United States to be close to his beloved boat and began penning his wartime memoir. Hans passed away in 1999. John P. Vanzo is a former defense program analyst from Bradenton, Florida. He has a Ph.D. in International Relations and currently teaches political science and geography courses at Bainbridge College in Bainbridge, Georgia.
- Author(s)Ben Weider,Hans Goebeler,John P. Vanzo,Michel Franceschi
- PublisherSavas Beatie
- Date of Publication15/02/2008
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationEl Dorado Hills
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSavas Beatie
- Out-of-print date28/04/2016
- Content Note24 b/w photos and 3 maps throughout
- Weight386 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
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