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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.


Table of Contents

Preface by Horst Einbrodt

Commander's Note by Axel-Olaf Lowe

Introduction by John Vanzo

Foreword by Keith Gill

Chapter 1: My Destiny is Fulfilled

Chapter 2: My First War Patrol

Chapter 3: Lorient

Chapter 4: Caribbean Cruise

Chapter 5: A New Skipper

Chapter 6: Sillcock

Chapter 7: The Long Way Home

Chapter 8: Terror From Above

Chapter 9: Furlough at Last

Chapter 10: Sabotage

Chapter 11: Goodbye to Zschech

Chapter 12: Rescue at Sea

Chapter 13: Brest

Chapter 14: The Last Patrol

Chapter 15: Captured



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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