The Diary of a U-boat Commander by Sir Stephen King-Hall

By Sir Stephen King-Hall

The diary of a global battle One U-Boat commander. in addition to being a desirable glimpse of existence at the German U-boats in the course of the extreme submarine blockade, this additionally reminds us there have been people concerned - on either side of the motion - as we learn too of the intimate options and extreme love of a guy eager for his sweetheart. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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Overhead on each side is the gear for releasing the torpedoes from the external torpedo tubes, of which we carry one each side. I think we borrowed this idea from the Russians. Then comes the engine-room, an inferno of rattling noises, but excellent engines, I believe. At the after end of the engine-room are the two main switchboards, of whose manner of working I am at present in some ignorance. The two main sets of electric motors are underneath the boards, in the stern, where we have a third torpedo tube.

Yet these Belgians don't seem to appreciate it. I can't understand it. I find here that social life is very much gayer than at that mad town of Wilhelmshaven. At the High Seas Fleet bases there was the strictness and austerity that some people seem to consider necessary to show that we are at war, though Heaven knows there was precious little war in the High Seas Fleet; perhaps that was why the "blood and iron" régime was in full order ashore. Here, in Bruges, at any rate as far as the submarine officers are concerned, the matter is far different.

At last she rose and with averted face walked across the room, and stood looking at the storm through the big bow windows. I watched her, but did not dare follow. At length she returned to me, and I saw what I had instinctively known the whole time—that she had been crying. I could not think why. " I felt crushed; I dared not move for fear of breaking the magic of the moment, yet I longed to know more; I felt overwhelmed by some colossal mystery that seemed to be enveloping me in its folds. Why did she pity me?

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