Likening the men of the German Navy of World War II to the Norse gods, this commemorates the sea battles and fights, in...

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TWILIGHT OF THE SEA GODS

Likening the men of the German Navy of World War II to the Norse gods, this commemorates the sea battles and fights, in victory and defeat, the ships and their commanders, as hunters and as hunted, and the results of their contests with their enemies --the Allies and the sea. With the sinking of the Athenia as the prelude, this follows the course of U-boat warfare, merchant raiders, the great battleships; it records the events of Scapa Flow, the Battle of the Atlantic and the further reaches of the five year, eight months maritime history; it profiles the careers of the Graf Spee, the Scharnhorst, the Pinguin, the Bismarck, the Tirpitz; it traces the policies, strategies, successes and frustrations of Raeder and Donitz; it watches the clock as Allied strength breaks through. This contributes an overall account which has been preceded by quite a few books on individual German ships and their commanders so that the market which has absorbed these, and the Morison volumes of naval history, may have been sated, although its dramatically high pitched narration could have a popular appeal.

Pub Date: Jan. 9, 1957

ISBN: 0837183677

Page Count: -

Publisher: Norton

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1957