Kriegsmarine U-Boats 1939-45 (1)

Kriegsmarine U-Boats 1939-45 (1)

By Gordon Williamson; Ian Palmer (Illustrator)

Osprey Publishing (UK), Paperback, 9781841763637, 48pp.

Publication Date: May 2002

This, the first of two volumes on Germany's World War II U-boats, traces their development from the early U-boats of the Kaiser's Navy, the prohibition on Germany having U-boats following the Armistice in 1918 and the subsequent Treaty of Versailles, the secret development of U-boats using a 'cover-firm' in Holland, culminating in the formation of the 1st U-boat Flotilla in 1935 with the modern Type II. The operational history section includes examples from the Classes Type VIIA, Type VIIB, VIID, VIIE and VIIF before concentrating on the mainstay of the U-boat arm, the Type VIIC. Comparisons are also made with the standard allied submarines, their strengths, weaknesses and U-boat tactics.

About the Author
Gordon Williamson was born in 1951 and works for the Scottish Land Register. He spent seven years with the Military Police TA and has published a number of books and articles on the decorations of the Third Reich. He is the author of a number of World War II titles for Osprey. The author lives in Edinburg, Scotland.

Ian Palmer commenced at RMIT University in January 2009 holding the roles of Deputy PVC Business (Research) in the College of Business, and Dean, School of Graduate Research, Research and Innovation. Prior to coming to RMIT, in 1999 Ian was appointed Professor of Management, UTS and from 2002 2008 occupied the role of Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Business, UTS. Ian holds a PhD from Monash University and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons 1) from the Australian National University (ANU). He has held visiting academic positions at the University of Virginia and Cornell University in the USA and at Macquarie GSM. Ian s teaching, research and consulting are in the fields of organizational design and change. He and his research collaborators have gained $1.9m in research grants including 3 Australian Research Council (ARC) Large or Discovery Grants and 2 ARC Linkage grants - the current one with the Victorian Police and the Australian Crime Commission on flexible forms of organizing. He has published extensively including four books and some 37 refereed journal articles. He has extensive teaching experience, particularly at the MBA and Executive MBA level, both nationally and internationally. He has held a range of national and international leadership roles. Nationally, from 2000 2002 he held the roles of Vice-President, President and Immediate Past-President of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM). From 2004 2008 he was the foundation Chair of BARDsNET the Business Academic Research Director s Network, which is jointly sponsored by ANZAM and by the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC). In 2007 he was appointed by the Federal Government as Chair of the Research Quality Framework Panel 10 for Economics, Commerce and Management. Internationally, in 2004 2006 Ian was appointed to the Executive of the US Academy of Management s Organizational Development and Change Division (ODC) as the International Representative. In 2008-2010 Ian was elected to the same Executive as the Representative-at-Large. In 2002 Ian was made a Fellow of ANZAM, and in 2007 he was appointed to Life Membership of ANZAM, one of only eleven awarded in the history of that organization.