Books

For more information about my military history books, go to www.lawrencepaterson.com

I started writing about the Kriegsmarine back in 1999, a subject that had interested me since I was small. With two Grandfathers in both the First and Second World Wars, military history has always been a pretty strong subject for me, gravitating towards the history of the Third Reich and its military.

The first book on U-boats I wrote was as a result of living just down from the U-boat base at Brest where the 1st and 9th U-flotillas were quartered. Diving on a lot of German wrecks brought it all into focus, and the rest came from there. The covers are below (most of which should link to where you can get copies).

I’m lucky to have worked with some great publishers; notably Chatham, Greenhill, Pen & Sword, Savas Beattie, US Naval Institute Press, History Press, Motorbuch Verlag, Seaforth as well as the people who have translated some of them into various languages.

The book ‘Hunt and Kill’ I contributed two chapters to.

Finally, the Blaze Bayley book came about for a few reasons. It’s an interesting story for Blaze himself, especially having been in Maiden, some of which still can’t go into the book I’m afraid! Plus we had so much stupid shit happen to the band that I was writing blogs of the life on the road which people liked…the second half of the book is basically that. Trials and tribulations of a little band 🙂
It’s available on Kindle or here through this site as a hard copy.

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1st

This book is the history of the First U-boat Flotilla; the original unit formed by the fledgling Kriegsmarine in 1935 that ultimately went on to relocate from Germany to France, officially disbanded after the fall of Brest to American troops in September 1944.
Available from Pen & Sword and most book outlets.

 

 

2nd

The history of the Second U-boat Flotilla incorporates some of the pivotal moments of the U-boat war; such as the sinking of the Athenia, the attack on the USA and the Allied capture of an Enigma machine. The flotilla began the war with Type VII boats before  moving to long range Type IXs based in Lorient.
Available from Pen & Sword and most book outlets.

 

 

 

UBWP

‘U-boat War Patrol’ captures the daily events of life aboard U564 on war patrol between 9 July and 18 September 1942, at a time when the battle between Germany’s U-boats and the Allied navies had reached its zenith. In the face of increasing Allied naval and aerial strength Kapitänleutnant Reinhard ‘Teddy’ Suhren took his veteran boat and crew from France to the distant battlefield of the Caribbean, sinking five ships in total before successfully returning to Brest after the longest period that U564 had ever spent at sea. During the most eventful patrol of its career U564 carried a War Correspondent of the Naval Propaganda Service to record events for use in magazines and cinema newsreels.
Available through Pen & Sword and most book outlets.

 

HaK

One of WWII’s pivotal events was the capture of U-505 on June 4, 1944. The top secret seizure of this massive Type IX submarine provided the Allies with priceless information on German technology and innovation. After the war U-505 was transported to Chicago, where today several hundred thousand visitors a year pass through its well-preserved hull at the Museum of Science and Industry.Hunt and Kill offers the first definitive study of U-505. Chapters include her construction, crew and commanders, combat history, an assessment of Type IX operations, naval intelligence, the eight fatal German mistakes that doomed the ill-fated boat, her capture, and final transportation and restoration for posterity.The contributors to this fascinating volume–a Who’s Who of U-boat historians–include: Erich Topp (U-552, Odyssey of a U-boat Commander); Eric Rust (Naval Officers Under Hitler); Timothy Mulligan (Neither Sharks Nor Wolves); Jak Mallmann Showell (Hitler’s U-boat Bases); Jordan Vause (Wolf); Lawrence Patterson (First U-boat Flotilla); Mark Wise (Enigma and the Battle of the Atlantic); Keith R. Gill (Curator, U-505, Museum of Science and Industry), and Theodore P. Savas (editor, Silent Hunters: German U-boat Commanders of World War II; author, Nazi Millionaries).
Available from Savas Beatie and most book outlets.

 

HGW

This is the story of a forgotten campaign. The battle began in August 1943, when a German submarine arrived in the Malaysian harbour of Georgetown. In total, nearly 40 U-Boats were assigned to penetrate the Indian Ocean, serving alongside troops of the occupying Imperial Japanese Forces. The Japanese allowed U-Boats to use Malaysia as an operational station. From that base, they mixed with Japanese forces on a hitherto unseen scale: a move which spread the U-Boat War throughout the vast Indian Ocean and into the Pacific. This theatre of war held a real chance to swing the tide of battle in North Africa in favour of Rommel, but the Germans essentially did little too late. The joint action also gave U-Boats the opportunity to penetrate the Pacific Ocean for the first time, attacking shipping off the Australian coast and hunting off New Zealand. Plans were even afoot for an assault on American supply lines. The ‘cooperation’ also brought into stark relief the fundamental differences of German and Japanese war aims.
Available through Amazon and most book outlets.

 

UBCMU-Boat: Combat Missions takes the reader through every section of a combat U-boat, giving a comprehensive view of what it was like to live—and fight—in an “Iron Coffin.” Uniquely, firsthand accounts from crewmembers are grouped with commissioned photographs of a Type VIIC U-boat, U995; together with the many rare memorabilia and archive photos that are also featured, the book brings the experiences of the U-boat men alive in truly vivid detail.
Available from Barnes & Noble and most book outlets.

 

WOD

As the Third Reich headed for its inevitable destruction, German ingenuity in the naval field turned to unconventional weapons midget submarines, radio-controlled explosive boats, and various forms of underwater sabotage. Inspired by Italian, and later British successes with human torpedoes and X-Craft, the Germans set up an organisation called Kleinkampfverbände ( Small Battle Units ). Utilising an unusual range of devices, some barely beyond the experimental stage, this formation was unique in drawing its personnel from the Navy, regular Army and Waffen SS. Originally envisaged as an all-volunteer elite unit of special forces, it was increasingly diluted by draftees and even military defaulters posted to the K-verbände as punishment. Nevertheless, there was no collapse of morale, even as conditions in both the Mediterranean and northern European theatres became increasingly adverse. By the end, facing overwhelming odds, even their senior commanders regarded some of the attacks as little better than suicide missions. Judged by their effect on the Allied advance, their successes were slight, but the indomitable bravery of those involved makes riveting reading. Pieced together from fragmentary sources, it is a largely untold story, chronicling some of the most desperate operations of the war.
Available from Amazon and most book outlets.

 

UBM

The campaign waged by German U-boats in the Mediterranean in the Second World War was one of the hardest-fought of the war at sea. In confined waters, facing often overwhelming Allied naval and air superiority, a relatively small number of submarines caused considerable losses to the Royal Navy and its allies. This new book puts the U-boat campaign in the Mediterranean into its strategic context, showing how it both affected and was affected by the fortunes of Rommel’s Afrika Korps in the Western Desert and the U-boat battle in the Atlantic, as well as describing the unique difficulties faced by the U-boats operating in the clear, shallow waters of the Mediterranean and how they tried to overcome them with new weapons and new tactics, and how increasing Allied dominance of the air further restricted their operations as the war went on.
Available from Pen & Sword and most book outlets.

 

DLG

After the June 1944 D-Day landings Doenitz withdrew his U-boat wolf-packs from the Atlantic convoy war and sent them into coastal waters, where they could harass the massive shipping movements necessary to supply the Allied armies advancing across Europe. Caught unawares by this change of strategy, the Allied anti-submarine forces were ill-prepared for the novel challenges of inshore warfare. It proved surprisingly difficult to locate U-boats that could lie silently on the seabed, and the shallow waters meant less than ideal conditions for sonar propagation. Furthermore, because the battle was nearer home, the U-boats wasted less time on transit, so at any one time there were more of them in combat. In the final months of the war there was also the threat of far more advanced and potent submarine types entering German service…
Available from Amazon and most book outlets.

 

BF

On the eve of Germany’s surrender in May 1945, Grossadmiral Karl Dönitz commanded thousands of loyal and active men of the U-boat service. Still fully armed and unbroken in morale, enclaves of these men occupied bases stretching from Norway to France, where cadres of U-boat men fought on in ports that defied besieging Allied troops to the last. At sea U-boats still operated on a war footing around Britain, the coasts of the United States and as far as Malaya. Following the agreement to surrender, these large formations needed to be disarmed – often by markedly inferior forces – and the boats at sea located and escorted into the harbours of their erstwhile enemies. Neither side knew entirely what to expect, and many of the encounters were tense; in some cases there were unsavoury incidents, and stories of worse. For many Allied personnel it was their first glimpse of the dreaded U-boat menace and both sides were forced to exercise considerable restraint to avoid compromising the terms of Germany’s surrender.
Available from Pen & Sword and most book outlets.

 

SB

The Kriegsmarine’s Schnellboote – fast attack boats or E-boats to the Allies – were the primary German naval attack units in coastal waters throughout the Second World War.
Operating close to their various bases they became a devastatingly effective weapon in nearly all the Kriegsmarine’s theatres of war, from the Baltic to the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. It was in the English Channel, however, that they scored their most notable successes, destroying some forty warships and more than one hundred merchant ships. In addition to interception and attack, they were also used for minelaying, landing sabotage troops and general escort duties.
There has been, to date, no comprehensive operational history of the S-boat service in all the theatres in which it saw service, but due to the relatively small number of units it is possible to recount the duties and fates of each individual craft and in this new book the author examines the career of each in detail.
Available from Pen & Sword and most book outlets.

 

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The U-boat war against Russia was as fierce and unrelenting as the land war that raged along the Eastern Front between 1941 and 1945. From Wolf Pack attacks on Russian convoy traffic and military vessels to close-quarter combat undertaken by small U-boats transported by land and river to the Black Sea, the Kriegsmarine wrestled for control of the seas fringing an embattled Soviet Union. Previously untold in English, Lawrence Paterson explores the tremendous clash between the Kriegsmarine’s U-boats and the Red Navy – a struggle that lasted from the opening salvoes of Operation Barbarossa to the final chaotic days of Germany’s defeat.
Available from The History Press and most book outlets.


 

ATEOTD

The history of the band and its components. Available from me via this website 🙂