U-188

A German Submariner’s Account of the War at Sea 1941-1945

Anton Staller, Klaus Willmann

Anton Staller was a U-boat lookout, rising no higher than Leading Seaman and his account of the war from the lower ranks is unique. He served on the Type IXc/40 boat, U-188 under Kapitänleutnant Lüdden on three patrols witnessing the stark reality of convoy warfare from his lookout position on the conning tower of his submarine. His U-boat sank the
Date Published :
October 2015
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Language:
English
Illustration :
16 pages of b/w plates
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781848327603
Pages : 240
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$39.95

Overview
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Anton Staller was a U-boat lookout, rising no higher than Leading Seaman and his account of the war from the lower ranks is unique. He served on the Type IXc/40 boat, U-188 under Kapitänleutnant Lüdden on three patrols witnessing the stark reality of convoy warfare from his lookout position on the conning tower of his submarine. His U-boat sank the British destroyer HMS Beverley and eight merchant ships exceeding 100,000 gross tons but the submarine also spent many hours submerged under depth-charge attacks.

More so than many of his contemporaries, Staller was prepared to reveal his thoughts and feelings of his experiences of the war at sea, and of his time on the conning tower, at the hydrophons, and cleaning weapons as a messboy.

His journal demonstrates how political thinking rarely entered the minds of the
U-boat men, even though many of them, such as Lüdden, did not choose to serve in submarines. Staller was not a Nazi and came from a Socialist Party background, yet he never questioned the cause he was fighting for. To Staller it was simply ‘Us or Them to the death’.

About The Author
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ANTON STALLEN, a trained organ builder, came from a family with strong pacifist, socialist and anti-Hitler sentiments, but in September 1941 at age 17 he surprised everybody by volunteering for the German Navy. He wanted to serve aboard a surface ship but was sent to the U-boat Arm. His principal duties aboard U-188 were as bridge lookout and hydroplane operator. He served aboard U-188 from the initial familiarization with the boat on the stocks until she was scuttled at the war's end. Klaus Willmann (b.1934) agreed that he would write Staller’s memoirs and, after long hours of collaboration and reflection, Das Boot U-188 emerged in its first edition in 2008. This English translation, by Geoffrey Brooks, is of the second edition which appeared the same year.

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