U-boat Tactics in World War II

U-boat Tactics in World War II

Elite 183
  • Author: Gordon Williamson
  • Illustrator: Ian Palmer
  • Short code: ELI 183
  • Publication Date: 10 Oct 2010
  • Number of Pages: 64
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At the start of the war, German U-boat technology vastly out performed that possessed by the Allies, and under the pressure of the war continual development helped keep pace with wartime needs and improvements in anti-submarine weaponry. But it was not just the technology that had to change. German U-boat tactics evolved over time. Used in a variety of roles, from coastal patrolling through to the combined actions of convey-hunting 'wolf packs', the tactics used by U-Boats were diverse. This book analyses how the U-boats dominated the seas thanks to their innovative and daring tactical deployment, and how the cracking of the Enigma code effectively hamstrung them, greatly reducing their impact, a problem that even their advanced tactics failed to solve.

Biographical Note

Gordon Williamson was born in 1951 and currently 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 and their recipients. He is the author of a number of World War II titles for Osprey.Ian Palmer is a highly experienced digital artist. A graduate in 3D design, he currently works as Art Director for a leading UK games developer. Besides his artistic interests he is also a keen musician and motorcyclist. He lives in Surrey with his wife and daughter, and two cats.


Convoy Night Attacks
Surface Attacks with Deck Guns
Basic Rules for Interception of Enemy Merchant Ships
Solo Missions
Wolf Pack attacks
Patrol Lines
Combined Attacks
U-Boats as Mother Ships
Special Weapons and Equipment
Defensive Equipment and Tactics
Defensive Tactics

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