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“The Grey Wolves of Eriboll”


B O E K B E S P R E K I N G by : Frank NEYTS


Recently Whittles Publishing released an updated and expanded maritime title, “The Grey Wolves of Eriboll”, written by 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 arrived. The revised 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’. 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. A wealth of historical insights are included such as the German Surrender Document; detailed descriptions of the construction, service careers and circumstances of each surrendered U-boat; details of the frigates that supervised the surrenders, contemporary newspaper reports and descriptions of the naval Operations Pledge, Commonwealth, Cabal, Thankful and Deadlight, each of which involved Eriboll U-boats. The pivotal role played by Loch Eriboll in ending the U-boat menace is little-known and lesser celebrated – this book rights that wrong.

The Grey Wolves of Eriboll” (ISBN 978-1-84995-165-4) is issued as a paperback. The book counts 270 pages and costs £18.99 or $23.95. The book can be ordered via every good book shop, or directly with the publisher, Whittles Publishing, Dunbeath Mill, Dunbeath, Cairness IKW6 6EG, Scotland (UK), e-mail: info@whittlespublishing.com , www.whittlespublishing.com.

 

 

 

 

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