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Realjambo
10-07-2006, 12:28 PM
I was in the East wing of sprawling Jambo Towers this morning searching for my moustache wax, past the Billiard room and Grandfather Jambo's African Hunting Souvenir room, when I came across the library - I'd forgotten we had one! and it was in there that I found one of the domestic staff had put my U-Boat book collection! I thought I'd share them with you: (One missing, 'Kursk - A Time To Die' - I think that's still in the Bentley shed)

I have yet to read Doenitz's Memoirs and Convoy, currently enjoying 'Doenitz and the Wolfpacks'- which is fact-tastic!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Uboatbooks.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/uboatbooksspines.jpg

Goose_Green
10-07-2006, 12:34 PM
Nice collection RJ http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Spotted some familiar titles and some unfamiliar ones too http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

Going to look some of those up me thinks!

Celeon999
10-07-2006, 12:35 PM
Thats a cool collection http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif


Cant keep up with that http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

Realjambo
10-07-2006, 01:00 PM
some unfamiliar ones too Shady

Going to look some of those up me thinks!


Which one's Goose? tell me and I'll give you a quick review if you're interested.

PS: OH I AM SO ASHAMED!..... I left out Das Boot! what was I thinking? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

Goose_Green
10-07-2006, 01:23 PM
Looking at your collection it is now becoming obvious to me at to the extent of books published on the U boat subject, your collection is so different to mine.

A brief review of the following would be appreciated;

U-Boat Killer, The Battle of the Atlantic, Convoy, The Laughing Cow, Admiral Doentiz Memoirs, Op Drumbeat, U-Boat Bases and Bunkers and German U Boat crews 1914-45

Realjambo
10-07-2006, 03:24 PM
OK will do Goose, the books are back upstairs now, under my eldest (sleeping) sons bed (oddly, they are safe there!) I'll get them out tomorrow and post a brief review for each one.

Goose_Green
10-07-2006, 03:58 PM
Thanks RJ!! I look forward to the reviews.

The_Silent_O
10-08-2006, 05:45 PM
The silent O is about two months overdue in providing the same view of his library...

Oh well...click, click, click...it will be posted soon. One entire bookshelf:

- US Civil War
- WWII Aircraft
- Warships and UBoats (all eras)

Haven't posted in awhile...big things happening in the O's life...for one, I just finished a 10 mile race today, did pretty good for my age group.

PS...looks like I'll have to develop a new avatar and signature, since mine have disappeared???

Celeon999
10-09-2006, 06:10 AM
did pretty good for my age group.


What about your wheelchair ?

Did it survived the race ? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

AVGWarhawk
10-09-2006, 12:26 PM
War Beneath the Sea, by Peter Padfield.


Read this book. It covers all theaters of war concerning the U-boats/submarines. I have a few of what you have here and I have a few others I cannot remember at the moment. War Beneath the Sea is excellent. I'm reading it for my second time. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/metal.gif

The_Silent_O
10-09-2006, 08:53 PM
Originally posted by Celeon999:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">did pretty good for my age group.


What about your wheelchair ?

Did it survived the race ? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Survived...legs are a tight...ran the 10 miles in 82 minutes. So about ~8 min miles. I finished in about the top 1/4 of my age category.

I usually run 6 miles (10km) about every other day. That's about all the Physical Fitness my job will allow me...

Ahhh...but the best thing about running a race...is the current women's running gear (or lack of) http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/metal.gif

Squalo1972
10-09-2006, 09:29 PM
I have a tiny collection http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif

Hirschfeld: which I enjoyed very much reading.
Convoy: which I started reading but left behind later on. Couldnt get further from all the data given on the convoy routes (ref#, names, etc)at the very beggining. I guess that the book gets much more interesting (more action to read about, i mean)after that part but for some reason I never picked it up again. I even forgot I got it until this morning and decided to pick it up again. Then funny enough I checked this thread and see it.
Red Scorpion: The story of USS Rasher fight in the Pacific (WWII), which I bought last week and haven't yet started reading.

Cheers

Realjambo
08-25-2007, 12:29 PM
Well here's a old thread back from the annals of time!

I've added several more books recently - wanted to know if anyone else has read either of these two. I suspect some of us have read 'Torpedo Junction' ? (I'll add the others soon - I don't have them to hand as Jambo Towers is undergoing building works and they packed away)

Torpedo Junction by Homer H Hickam Jr
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/TorpedoJunction.jpg

The U-Boat Peril by Bob Whinney
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/U-BoatPeril.jpg

Goose_Green
08-25-2007, 12:35 PM
I have read both of those RJ, and you will not be disappointed with either of them. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I really enjoyed Torpedo Junction, you will find as you turn each page that the attacks on the US seaboard are very vicious and quite unrelenting at times, until the US managed to sort out their act to stem the sinkings.

The U Boat peril is a book I read some time ago, and my memory of the book has faded somewhat, but I did enjoy the book and found it very interesting.

OblzS.jensen
08-27-2007, 03:02 PM
Originally posted by Realjambo:
I was in the East wing of sprawling Jambo Towers this morning searching for my moustache wax, past the Billiard room and Grandfather Jambo's African Hunting Souvenir room, when I came across the library - I'd forgotten we had one! and it was in there that I found one of the domestic staff had put my U-Boat book collection! I thought I'd share them with you: (One missing, 'Kursk - A Time To Die' - I think that's still in the Bentley shed)

I have yet to read Doenitz's Memoirs and Convoy, currently enjoying 'Doenitz and the Wolfpacks'- which is fact-tastic!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Uboatbooks.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/uboatbooksspines.jpg

I can also recommend the following books:
German U-Boat Commanders of WW2. Rainer Busch.
Axis Submarine Successes of WW2. Jurgen Rohwer.
German U-Boat losses during WW2. Axel Niestle.
U-Boat War Patrol, Photographic Diary of U-564.
The U-Boat War. David Westwood.
They are all available from Amazon.co.uk.

Especially the 3 first you should have.

Realjambo
08-27-2007, 03:12 PM
OblzS.jensen

Thanks for your suggestions. I will definitely check them out. The 'U-Boat War Patrol, Photographic Diary of U-564' is one I've always wanted. Thanks again.

OblzS.jensen
08-27-2007, 03:46 PM
Originally posted by Realjambo:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">OblzS.jensen

Thanks for your suggestions. I will definitely check them out. The 'U-Boat War Patrol, Photographic Diary of U-564' is one I've always wanted. Thanks again. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I have added one more.

kiltedguy
08-28-2007, 05:23 AM
My books on the subject...

http://www.kiltgoodies.com/uboatbooks.JPG

Goose_Green
08-28-2007, 06:00 AM
Originally posted by Realjambo:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">OblzS.jensen

Thanks for your suggestions. I will definitely check them out. The 'U-Boat War Patrol, Photographic Diary of U-564' is one I've always wanted. Thanks again. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

This book is fantastic, it's my favourite book in my whole collection, just for the amazing collection of photographs alone - RJ, don't hesitate any longer, you can find this book fairly cheap now I believe http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif I have even seen it on ebay too.

Realjambo
08-28-2007, 01:25 PM
This book is fantastic, it's my favourite book in my whole collection, just for the amazing collection of photographs alone - RJ, don't hesitate any longer, you can find this book fairly cheap now I believe Wink I have even seen it on ebay too.


You're right Goose. It's like the Holy Grail to me this book! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif I know I'll cave in and get it soon, then think 'Why didn't I get this sooner!' http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

miniklobb
08-29-2007, 02:04 AM
i must say that iron coffins was the best read i've ever had in any genre

Realjambo
08-31-2007, 03:09 PM
I've had a few more arrive recently, (Das Boot is a replacement - my old copy literally fell apart)

As ever, if anyone has any of these I'd welcome comments and reviews. As the evenings draw in, I think I have my reading agenda worked out!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/NewBooks318.07.jpg

U107Wolff
09-09-2007, 10:49 AM
The Wolff cannot stay behind on this. Here are my books.
http://img251.imageshack.us/img251/7359/p9070015es3.jpg

Heinrich505
09-09-2007, 02:08 PM
Guys,
Some really great books are noted. I'm glad to see that I have quite a few of them too.
I haven't seen one shown so far that I absolutely highly recommend. It is the novel SHARKS AND LITTLE FISH by Wolfgang Ott, translated from the German publication "HAIE UND KLEINE FISCHE," by Ralph Manheim. This is one amazing read, and covers life in the Kreigsmarine through training and then starting out on mine sweepers, after which the characters get duty on U-Boats. It is kind of a sleeper, and I didn't know about it until I read another very excellent book, Count Not the Dead, by Michael L. Hadley, which I also heartily recommend. Hadley goes into the popular image of the German Submarine, and has a whole chapter devoted to the author Buchheim and his difficulties with U-Boat veterans, notably his "war" with U-Boat ace Karl-Freidrich Merten.
Got both at Amazon.com. They are both excellent reads, one a novel on par with "Das Boot," and the other a very in-depth study of the U-Boat men and the way they have been viewed by history and society. You guys won't be disappointed with either book.

Heinrich505

GerritJ9
09-09-2007, 03:59 PM
Add Clay Blair's "Hitler's U-Boat War" to the list of recommended reading; it consists of two volumes, "The Hunters 1939-1942" and "The Hunted 1942-1945".

VF-17_BOOM
09-10-2007, 04:13 PM
My son just bought me the book"Iron Coffins"I'm looking forward to reading it. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

WilhelmSchulz.
03-06-2008, 09:30 PM
Playing around with the digi cam I bought my mom for her birthday I got this pic.
http://img352.imageshack.us/img352/3139/mybooksqh0.jpg

madsarmy
03-07-2008, 01:54 AM
A full history of the U-boat war. To much reading in one session makes your head swim with facts & figures. Not light reading material but very intresting & well worth getting.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v605/tommybomb/S2300002.jpg?t=1204879834

Goose_Green
03-07-2008, 04:14 AM
These two were the very first books I bought about U-boats, a very dry read but full of information and very comprehensive too. Definately not bed time reading matter http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif But a great resource nontheless http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Realjambo
03-07-2008, 05:56 AM
I have yet to track down the second, 'The Hunted' but it's on my ever increasing wish list!

Here's my latest books. I'm sure Goose will endorse the Lawrence Paterson ones http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/latestbooks6308.jpg

Goose_Green
03-07-2008, 06:44 AM
Originally posted by Realjambo:
Here's my latest books. I'm sure Goose will endorse the Lawrence Paterson ones http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif


Goose Green endorses them! Especially the Photographic diary of U-564 (my favourite boat would you believe http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif)

Goose_Green's U-boat library http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n235/Goose_Green/IMG_0918.jpg

Realjambo
03-07-2008, 06:59 AM
@ Goose - Nice! There is a few there I haven't read - we'll have to set up a lending library system! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Goose_Green
03-07-2008, 07:03 AM
You too RJ - It's good to see other people's collections because it gives you an idea as to what titles are out there that you have not seen before http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

WilhelmSchulz.
10-16-2008, 11:36 PM
Bump. Here is a updated list of my books.
http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/3104/books001qj6.jpg

http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/8921/books002xd8.jpg

http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/7481/books003xs8.jpg

Goose_Green
10-17-2008, 03:51 PM
Nice collection you have there Wilhelm http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

And a great thread to dig out too http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Realjambo
10-17-2008, 03:59 PM
I've made a lot more additions to the Jambo Towers Library, I'll see if I can put them all together and update my photo. I'd forgotten about this thread!

I agree with you Goose, Wilhelm's collection is looking good, I might offer you some 'swopsies' - the pair of you! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Goose_Green
10-17-2008, 04:07 PM
My collection hasn't changed since the photograph I posted! I think half of my colection came from Hay-on-Wye when I visited last year http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

WilhelmSchulz.
10-19-2008, 05:22 PM
Originally posted by Realjambo:
I might offer you some 'swopsies' - the pair of you! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
"swopies"? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

Realjambo
10-25-2008, 12:27 PM
"swopies"?

Ah. That should have read 'Swopsies' as in , I'll lend you this one of mine you haven't read, if you lend me that one of yours that I haven't read http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/compsmash.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Schnellmann
11-13-2008, 01:31 AM
"Wolfpacks at war" are another magnificient book.

Haven´t seen it around here.

VikingGrandad
11-15-2008, 05:53 PM
Originally posted by Schnellmann:
"Wolfpacks at war" are another magnificient book.

Haven´t seen it around here.

I agree - a very good book, quite different from any other U-boat book I've got. I particularly like the way it shows an illustrated entry from the 5th Flotilla visitors book on the side of every page.

I have two other books by Jak P. Mallmann Showell, 'U-boats under the Swastika' and 'Hitler's U-boat bases' - both excellent books too, with lots of interesting details.

Foehammer-1
11-17-2008, 08:56 AM
Foe has just ordered 3 books.

Steel Boats, Iron Hearts
Ten Years and Twenty Days
and Lost victories by Mannstein

It BETTER ship before New Year http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I have Iron Coffins in Russian, these three are in English. Should be interesting readinghttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Realjambo
11-17-2008, 03:16 PM
I haven't read 'Steel Boats, Iron Hearts', Foe

I'd be grateful for a review when you have read it, to let us know what you thought of it? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Foehammer-1
11-17-2008, 07:21 PM
Will do. It says it will ship within 2 months http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif