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Black Flag: The Surrender of Germany's U-Boat Forces    by Lawrence Paterson order for
Black Flag
by Lawrence Paterson
Order:  USA  Can
Zenith Press, 2009 (2009)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

In this account of the surrender of the Kriegsmarine (German U-boat service) at the end of World War II, Lawrence Paterson discusses the decommissioning of the feared naval force.

Having waged war in four oceans and five seas around the globe, the Kriegsmarine still had 62 U-boats at sea at the time of the German surrender. The task of taking the submarines and their crew into captivity fell to a small group of Allied units who had to deal with a spirited group of unbowed German naval personnel who, in many instances, were unwilling to accept the fact that their nation had lost the war.

Stretched across the Atlantic Ocean and as far away as Malaya, the U-boats had to be located, and shepherded into harbors where the surrender could be effected. While most ended up in Norway or Great Britain, seven of the surrendered vessels were taken to ports in either the U.S. or Canada.

The fascinating and largely (until now) untold story of how this monumental job was accomplished, what happened to the crews and how the weaponry was disposed of is the subject of this well illustrated volume.

Anyone interested in the history of World War II and how the final days of this elite, underwater fighting force played out will want to read this account of the 'reluctant surrender of the seas' by Grossadmiral Karl Donitz's legendary Grey Wolves.

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