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The Grey Wolves of Eriboll

David M Hird

The surrender of the German U-boat fleet at the end of World War II was perhaps the principal event in the war’s endgame which signified to the British people that peace really had arrived. This revised, updated and expanded new edition gives career details of not only the 33 commanders who accompanied their boats to Loch Eriboll but also of a further 23 previous commanders of those U-boats, including four who might be considered ‘Aces’ because of the damage they inflicted, sinking and disabling Allied shipping.

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The surrender of the German U-boat fleet at the end of World War II was perhaps the principal event in the war’s endgame which signified to the British people that peace really had arrived. This revised, updated and expanded new edition gives career details of not only the 33 commanders who accompanied their boats to Loch Eriboll but also of a further 23 previous commanders of those U-boats, including four who might be considered ‘Aces’ because of the damage they inflicted, sinking and disabling Allied shipping. The book also features an analysis of the Allied naval operation under which the surrendering U-boats were assembled in Scotland and Northern Ireland; asks who first contacted those U-boats after the capitulation – armed British trawlers, frigates of the Allied navies or aircraft of the Royal Air Force; and discloses how U-boats spared destruction were distributed to the navies of the USA, France, USSR and the Royal Navy. Also revealed are more unpublished recollections of British and German naval personnel present at the Loch Eriboll surrenders and how 116 surviving U-boats came to be sunk in the waters of the Western Approaches in the winter of 1945/46.

ISBN: 9781849951654
Format: Paperback
Author(s): David M Hird
First Publishment Date: 1 April 2018

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  1. David Hird has managed to convey the importance of the operation at Loch Eriboll together with the human stories review by Warship World - PB on 29/07/2018

    In wartime they were the scourge of the Allied campaign, Germany’s U-boats in the Second World War almost brought Great Britain to its knees. History shows that the Allies won the Battle of the Atlantic but only just. With the end of the war came the inevitable collecting and disposing of the U-boat fleet and Loch Eriboll became one of the main centres for this task. 160 U-boats eventually ended their days at Loch Eriboll. David M Hird’s excellently researched and written book has been revised, updated and expanded to include more details about the originally featured 23 commanders but also a further 23 commanders, including four outstanding military men who could even be considered to be ‘submarine aces.’ The book also contains fascinating personal recollections from the men involved in their capture, internment and ultimate destruction.

    The text of this book is well written and easy to read. The facts and figures are important but not so much as the real life stories that are recounted with great clarity. David Hird has managed to convey the importance of the operation at Loch Eriboll together with the human stories.

    This book isn’t just a list of captured submarines and their fates, it also contains valuable information regarding how submarines were designed, built and fought in the North Atlantic, Mediterranean, North Sea and Aegean. In fact in many ways this book redresses the slight that Loch Eriboll has endured since the end of the war and has shed light on the invaluable if rarely lauded role it played during and after the Battle of the Atlantic was won.

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