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Karl Dönitz (1891–1980)

Autor(a) de Memoirs: Ten Years and Twenty Days

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La bataille de l'Atlantique (1974) — Prefácio, algumas edições13 cópias
La bataille de l'Atlantique Tome I : La Kriegsmarine à son apogée 1939-1942 (1974) — Prefácio, algumas edições2 cópias
La bataille de l'Atlantique Tome 2 La victoire des "chasseurs" 1942-1945 (1974) — Prefácio, algumas edições1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Dönitz, Karl
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de enterro
Waldfriedhof, Aumühle-Wohltorf, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
País (para mapa)
Local de nascimento
Grünau, Duitsland
Local de falecimento
Aumühle, Schleswig-Holstein, Duitsland
Locais de residência
Aumühle, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Oberbefehlshaber der Kriegsmarine (1943 - 1945)
Imperial German Navy (Kaiserliche Marine)
Iron Cross of 1914, 1st class and 2nd class (7 September 1916)
Friedrich Cross, 1st class (Duchy of Anhalt, January 1916)
Ottoman War Medal ("Gallipoli Star", "Iron Crescent") (7 November 1916)
Order of the Medjidie, 4th class (March 1917)
Anschluss Medal
Iron Cross of 1939 2nd class (18 September 1939) (mostrar todas 18)
Iron Cross of 1939 1st class (20 December 1939)
Knight of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern with Swords
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (6 April 1943; 223rd award)
Golden Party Badge of the National Socialist German Workers Party
Special U-boat War Badge with Swastika and laurel branches with diamonds
Order of Michael the Brave, 1st class (Romania)
Order of Medjidié, 1st class (Ottoman Empire)
Mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht, twice (14 March 1942 and 5 May 1945)
Commander's Cross of the Military Order of Savoy (7 November 1941)
Order of Michael the Brave, 2nd and 3rd class (Romania, 7 April 1943)
Order of the Rising Sun, First Class (Japan, 11 September 1943)
Order of Naval Merit in white (Spain, 10 July 1940)



Picked up from a local used bookstore which recently acquired a large collection of WWII-themed paperbacks. Karl Doenitz’s memoirs are now sadly dated (originally published in 1959) - primarily because Doenitz had no clue about Ultra and thus didn’t understand why his crews weren’t picking up more convoys. Nothing particularly new about the U-Boat war – you’re better off with Clay Blair’s two-volume set. The supposed insight into the personalities of Hitler, Goering, and Bormann promised on the cover blurbs never appears – Doenitz never had that much access to the hierarchy of the Third Reich and was just as surprised as everybody else when Hitler appointed him successor. The parts of most interest to me were little details about other aspects of the naval war – actions in the Baltic and the Black Sea, and the performance (surprisingly good, at least according to Doenitz) of naval personnel as infantry during the last days of the war.

Doenitz is of the “I knew nothing” persuasion regarding the Holocaust – and may have been telling the truth; he spent most of the war in various ports and wasn’t particularly political. He tiptoes around the assassination attempt – being reluctant to praise anybody who violated their soldier’s oath but allowing that it might be acceptable in extreme circumstances (provided the perpetrators surrendered their own lives). However, he condemns with extreme prejudice “providing military secrets to the enemy” without naming names - I assume he means Canaris and the Red Orchestra. He defends his decision not to immediately surrender after Hitler’s death, claiming that he wanted to give troops in the east as much time as possibly to retreat westward.

Doesn’t really provide much psychological insight, and most of the military material is covered better elsewhere. An interesting sidelight gleaned from the WikiPedia article on Doenitz – he had the third highest IQ of anybody tried at Nuremberg.
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setnahkt | outras 2 resenhas | Dec 15, 2017 |
El gran almirante Karl Dönitz (1891-1980) fue comandante del Arma submarina de la Marina de guerra alemana desde 1935 a 1945. Hitler, inesperadamente, en su testamento le nombró su sucesor como jefe del III Reich, a pesar de que era un militar totalmente apolítico que nunca había tenido una vinculación estrecha con el partido Nazi.
aconrio | outras 2 resenhas | Dec 24, 2014 |
Interesting as an explanation of the author's role in Nazi Germany.
Martin444 | outras 2 resenhas | Dec 10, 2009 |

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