Academic journal article Aerospace Power Journal

U-Boats at War: Landings on Hostile Shores

Academic journal article Aerospace Power Journal

U-Boats at War: Landings on Hostile Shores

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U-Boats at War: Landings on Hostile Shores by Jak P. Mallmann-Showell. Naval Institute Press (http://www.usni.org/cgi-bin/SoftCart.exe/ press/press.html?E+scstore), 2062 Generals Highway, Annapolis, Maryland 21401, 2000, 160 pages, $36.95.

British publisher Ian Allen Limited has produced a series of slim books entitled "At War." The US Naval Institute makes available these overseas titles, which involve maritime warfare. Readers interested in World War II will find this book fascinating. It looks into declassified documents detailing how German U-boats landed agents and conducted operations in many parts of the globe. These agents involved themselves in committing sabotage, signaling, organizing resistance groups, gathering intelligence, and participating in a myriad of clandestine activities.

Few people realize that submarines U-37, U-35, and U-38 made several landings in Ireland in an effort to stir up resistance among members of the Irish Republican Army, which actively engaged British forces on the island. This is discussed in the chapter entitled "Irish Fiascos"; although the Germans were unsuccessful in their attempts, it nevertheless gives us some indication of the Abwehr's (German military intelligence) level of sophistication. …

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