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A Sailor of Austria

By Biggins, John
1994, St. Martin's Press, New York
ISBN 0312105347
369 pages
The book is a fiction

Descripton: This book is a very good read. A lot of detail is given, so one can get the feel for life in the service of the Hapsburg submarine corps of the First World War. The novel is told from the point of view of a surviving U-boat commander, who is Czech, and is reminiscing about his career in the Adriatic from an old folks' home. The novel gives one a good feeling for life aboard WWI U-boats, starting with adventures aboard a Holland-class boat, and then moving on to U-boats that Austria-Hungary had purchased from Germany.

From the review: This is a great novel about the U-boat fleet of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The narrator is a 100-year-old former commander of one such U-boat, who is spurred to dictate his memories of the war when fate reunites him with his photograph album which ...
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