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U-BOOT IN FOCUS, Editions 1-5

Published by Luftfahrtverlag Start (Axel Urbanke)

Format : Soft back  52 pages each edition Black & White with some colour photographs and illustrations

ISBN: 978-3-9811042-2-6

ISBN: 978-3-9811042-5-7

ISBN: 978-3-9811042-7-1

ISBN: 978-3-9811042-9-5

ISBN: 978-3-941437-03-6

Availability: See http://www.luftfahrtverlag-start.de/UBootEnglish/ubootenglish.html

Reviewed by Adam Brown

These fabulous books are a fascinating insight into the lives of the German U Boat crews that manned these amazing vessels.

Each of the 5 editions is printed in German and English and is filled with very useful information on the day to day running of a Wolfpack U-boat. You get commander profiles and mission reports lots of very useful technical information. There are literally hundreds of brilliant black and white photos and the odd colour ones of U boats in action and at rest with also very detailed maps of the theatre of operations and for the modeller lots of side drawings in colour for markings for a number of u boats and the later Electro boat.

U-Boot in Focus – Edition 1

  •     54 pages
  •     59 photos
  •     about 3 colour photos
  •     1 colour side view of an U-Boat
  •     5 colour-conning tower side views
  •     1 coloured document
  •     3 maps
  •     U -Tanker
  •     Elektroboats
  •     Conning tower in Focus: (colour painting + photos as well as new details about the emblem and painting) U-19, U-20 und U-40
  •     Boat in Focus: U-652, the “Mediterranean boat” with the spotted camouflage, together with side view and conning tower painting

U-Boot in Focus – Edition 2

  •    52 pages
  •    58 photos
  •    3 colour photos
  •    1 colour side view of an U-Boot
  •    4 colour-conning tower side views
  •    1 coloured document
  •    1 coloured emblem
  •    Boat in Focus: U-18 – the Black Sea Boat with the Sowjetstar

U-Boot in Focus – Edition 3

  •   52 pages
  •   57 photos
  •   2 colour photos
  •   1 colour side view of an U-Boot
  •   3 colour-conning tower side views
  •   1 coloured document
  •   Reader forum
  •   Conning Towers: The “Mushroom Boat” with National Flags
  •   Conning Towers:  U-70 – The “Iron Fist of Götz von Berlichingen”

U-Boot in Focus – Edition 4

  •     52 pages
  •     59 photos
  •     2 colour photos
  •     1 colour side view of an U-Boat
  •     2 colour-conning tower side views
  •     2 coloured emblems
  •     1 coloured document
  •     Reader forum
  •     Conning Towers: U-214 – Minelayer with Unusual Conning
  •     Tower Camouflage
  •     U-Boat in focus: U-307 – The North Sea Boat with the Ice Scheme

U-Boot in Focus -Edition 5

  •    52 pages
  •    55 photos
  •    2 colour photos
  •    1 colour side view of an U-Boat
  •    2 colour-conning tower side views
  •    2 coloured emblems
  •    1 coloured document
  •    Reader forum
  •    U-Boat in focus: Spring 1945 – Camouflaged “Biber” in Norway

If you are a staunch German navy modeller or a Navy head then these books are for you, I cannot recommend them enough, they are a fantastic read! As the cover suggests, these publications are produced by enthusiasts for enthusiasts – ideal.

Highly Recommended reading and reference books!

Adam Brown

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