• Albrecht Brandi – Der verkannte Brillantenträger der U-Bootwaffe

    As a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds, Albrecht Brandi was one of the two most highly decorated commanders of the German submarine force and navy during the Second World War. For his reported sinking successes of three cruisers, 12 destroyers and 20 merchant ships with 116,100 GRT during the war, he was one of only 27 officers in the German Wehrmacht to receive this high military honour. It is therefore irritating that Albrecht Brandi’s military vita has so far only been reflected in booklet novels in the Landser series and other dubious publications. Much more remarkable, however, is the fact that after his early death in 1966, this impeccable, universally respected officer, who was revered by his crews, instead became the target of criticism and, in many cases, derision and ridicule in many publications about the U-boat war 1939-1945.
    After an introductory excursus on the practice of awarding the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross and its further award levels in the submarine force, this work is the first to deal in detail with all of Albrecht Brandi’s enemy voyages as commander of the submarines U 617, U 380 and U 967. The author has succeeded in completely reconstructing and documenting all encounters with Allied air and naval forces on the basis of the surviving operational files. This includes the identification of all merchant and warship targets attacked by Brandi.
    In addition, the military curriculum vitae of Albrecht Brandi for the years 1935-1945, which is reproduced in the appendix, documents his service in the U-boat force for the first time in its entirety on the basis of previously unanalysed files. 10 colour route maps, numerous, mostly previously unpublished photos and an extensive appendix, including the officer appointments of the boats he commanded and facsimile prints of all torpedo firing reports for his attacks, round off the 260-page book.

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