This, the 1st of 2 volumes on Germany's international conflict II U-boats, lines their improvement from the early U-boats of the Kaiser's army, the prohibition on Germany having U-boats following the Armistice in 1918 and the following Treaty of Versailles, the key improvement of U-boats utilizing a 'cover-firm' in Holland, culminating within the formation of the first U-boat Flotilla in 1935 with the trendy variety II. The operational background part comprises examples from the sessions kind VIIA, style VIIB, VIID, VIIE and VIIF prior to focusing on the mainstay of the U-boat arm, the sort VIIC. Comparisons also are made with the normal allied submarines, their strengths, weaknesses and U-boat strategies.
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