Enemy in the Crosshairs
U-Boat at hunt in the Atlantic
Foreword by Vizeadmiral Karl Donitz
The commander Werner Hartmann [Kapitän zur See (Crew 21)] of U-37 and U-198 tells of his wartime patrols.
40 b/w drawings
In very good exterior and fine interior condition.
With the rare Original Dust Jacket included, which is chipped and gently taped. Spine slightly slanted, otherwise ok. Pages are very clean. The best copy I ever had!
All pages are complete and tight in the binding.
Approx/Measurements: 8-3/4" x 6" ~1.0 lbs.
by - Fregattenk. Werner H.
Published by House Homebook.
Some background stuff of interest:
Hartmann's U-boat Commands
U-26 11 May, 1936 - 30 Sep, 1938 No war patrols
U-37 25 Sep, 1939 - 6 May, 1940 3 patrols (83 days)
U-198 3 Nov, 1942 - 15 Jan, 1944 1 patrol (199 days)
Werner Hartmann spent the first years of his career as commander of the torpedo boats Seeadler and Albatros. In 1935 he transferred to the U-boat arm and remained there through the end of World War II. With his first U-boat, U-26, he patrolled in Spanish waters during the Spanish Civil War in 1937-38. I WO on board was the later famous Oberleutnant z. S. Günther Prien.
During the first months of the war Hartmann was Commander both of U37 and of the 2nd navy Uboat Flotilla. In October 1939 an attempt was made to direct a wolfpack from another U-boat at sea. This leader was Korvkpt. Hartmann. But this strategy proved inefficient, and BdU decided henceforth to direct the boats from land.
After only three patrols Hartmann received the Knights Cross. Then for six months he was I. Asto in the BdU-staff. In November 1940 he became the commander of the 2nd ULD and a year later took command of the 27th U-boat flotilla in Gotenhafen.
In November 1942 he took over one of the large IXD2 boats and completed with U198 the third longest (200 days) patrol ever undertaken.
In 1944 he became FdU Mittelmeer (FdU Mediterranean) and in this function received the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves.