Fürbringer, Werner.


Leo Cooper, 1st Eng. ed., Barnsley, 1999. X + 146 pp.,16 photo-plates + a map. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. First published in Berlin in 1933 under the title Alarm ! Tauchen !! – U-Boot in Kampf und Sturm, this is the first English edition translated from the German by Geoffrey Brooks. It tells the story of the author, known as ‘Fips’, who was born in 1888 and lived to be 94. He served throughout the First World War in the new U-boat arm of the Imperial German Navy, beginning this episode of his life as a watch-keeping officer in U.20. In April 1915 he was given his first command and continued to operate out of Bruges until, in command of UB.110, his boat was rammed and sunk by a British destroyer and he was taken prisoner. Fips was one of the few U-boat commanders to survive the war and he went on to help reconstruct Hitler’s Kriegsmarine. FINE copy.

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