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A U-boat Crewman's Life Aboard U-505

Hans Goebeler
with John P. Vanzo

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Price: $32.95
ISBN: 1-932714-07-3
Released: Fall 2004; SOLD OUT!

Photos, maps, index, cloth, and d.j.

Revised and expanded 1st U.S. edition

The extraordinary memoirs of a sailor who made every patrol aboard one of the most famous U-boats of World War II. Includes detailed information the boat's capture by Captain Gallery. Includes letter from Captain Alex-Olaf Loewe; intro by Keith Gill, Curator, U-505 (Museum of Science and Industry).

Also in Paperback, Click Here.

Of related U-505 interest: Hunt and Kill.

Hans Goebeler’s experience detailed in U-505 article.


Praise for Steel Boat, Iron Hearts (Paperback)

"Hans Goebeler's book Steel Boat, Iron Hearts successfully bridges the disparity between U-505 as merely a modern museum exhibit and as a place of validation and comfort for those who served aboard the vessel on its wartime patrols."

- John Wagner, East Carolina University

". . . a significant addition to the historiography of the Battle for the Atlantic, submarine warfare and U-Boat service specifically, and of World War Two in general."

The Journal of Military History

"Hans himself would occasionally visit the Museum of Science and Industry to see his old boat. His presence added a unique dimension to the U-505 experience. Whenever he stopped by, Hans loved to give informal tours to visitors. He became part of the exhibit for a day, standing in the control room talking about a piece of equipment or a particular experience to anyone and everyone who had an interest. Touring U-505 with a former crewmember is both a rare and unforgettable experience. And for Hans, it was very satisfying. His posthumous memoir Steel Boat, Iron Hearts: A U-boat Crewman's Life aboard U-505 helps all of us understand and appreciate what it must have been like to serve aboard U-505."

- Keith Gill, former Curator,
U-505 Museum of Science and Industry



Hans Goebeler

Hans Jacob Goebeler was born in Bottendorf, Germany, on November 9, 1923. At the age of 17, he joined the Navy and served as control room mate aboard U-505. Years later, Goebeler moved his family to the United States to be close to his beloved boat and began penning his wartime memoir. Hans passed away in 1999. Read More...

John P. Vanzo

John P. Vanzo is a former defense program analyst from Bradenton, Florida. He has a Ph.D. in International Relations and currently teaches political science and geography courses at Bainbridge College in Bainbridge, Georgia. Read More...

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