A rare documentary book after recordings of the author on board and the official war diaries
of the lieutenant commander Günther Prien available with the commander of the submarines.
The ad from the publisher said about this book:
This book developed on board of the u-boat led by lieutenant commander Günther Prien during the last
enterprise, which the unforgotten one lucky terminated. It supplemental by descriptions after the official war
diaries Priens and widens in such a way to a comprehensive picture of all war travels of the young hero of
Scapa flow. The majority of the pictures is selected under the only, during an enterprise Priens developed
photographs, which have survived to us as alive documents.
35 b/w photos
In very good exterior and fine interior condition.
Lightly rubbed, toned from age, otherwise ok. Pages are very clean. Looks like an unread copy.
All pages are complete and tight in the binding.
Approx/Measurements: 7-1/2" x 5-1/3" 0.8 lbs.
by Wolfgang F.
Published by Kuhler, Hambg.
Photo contributions by Kriegsberichter Schiek, Zuber, Tolle and author Frank and Scherl, Hoffmann press service
Background Info about Gunther Prien:
U-47 17 Dec, 1938 - 7 Mar, 1941 (+) 10 patrols (228 days)
Günther Prien joined the Reichsmarine in January 1931 after sailing some years on trade ships. After a year on the light cruiser Königsberg, he transferred in October 1935 to the U-boot force. In 1938 he was on U-26 under Kptlt. Hartmann patrolling in Spanish waters during the Civil War.
With his own boat U47 he became famous for his 14 October, 1939 sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak in the heavily defended British North Fleet main harbor at Scapa Flow. Churchill himself wrote about this outstanding feat of arms of a German U-boat commander. Prien was the first U-boat commander to win the Knights Cross.
25 Sep, 1939 Iron Cross 2nd Class
17 Oct, 1939 Iron Cross 1st Class
18 Oct, 1939 Knights Cross
20 Oct, 1940 Knights Cross with Oak Leaves