Grey Wolf - A Novel In History

Suggested Reading and Web Sites: Here is a short list of books and web sites which I found useful in writing Grey Wolf.  

A note on Web Sites: There are many sources available on the Internet but I would caution anyone from taking any one source as 100% credible. Just as a person's memoirs are usually slanted in the author's favor, many Internet sites tend to publish unconfirmed, skewed or otherwise incorrect information or, worse, unfounded opinions. While most are trying to do their best to present the facts, nobody's perfect. Still, I consider these to be good sources by and large.

Books: Each of these books represents some of the best work available concerning the U-Boat Campaigns.


To The Last Salute: Memories of an Austrian U-boat Commander

By Georg von Trapp (Yes, that von Trapp. He was the Captain von Trapp portrayed by Christopher Plummer in The Sound of Music)

Neither Sharks Nor Wolves: The Men of Nazi Germany’s U-boat Arm, 1939-1945

By Timothy Mulligan

U-boat Ace: The Story Of Wolfgang Luth

By Jordan Vause

The Hunters and The Hunted: German U-boats, 1939-1945

By Jochen Brennecke

Hitler’s U-Boat War: The Hunters, 1939-1942

By Clay Blair (This book, and the one below are the diffinitive, patrol by patrol, History of the second U-Boat War)

Hitler’s U-Boat War: The Hunted, 1942-1945

By Clay Blair

The Type VII U-Boat (Anatomy of the Ship)

By Dr. David Westwood

Iron Coffins: A Personal Account of the German U-boat Battles of World War II

By Herbert A. Werner (U-boat Commander)

Torpedo Junction: U-boat War Off America’s East Coast 1942

By Homer H. Hickam (Another famous man, Homer is the same person as the young boy in the film October Sky, he was played by Jake Gyllenhaal)

Memoirs: Ten Years And Twenty Days

By Karl Dönitz (Commander, U-Boats and later Commander, Kriegsmarine)

Operation Drumbeat: The Dramatic True Story Of Germany’s First U-boat Attacks Along The American Coast In World War II

By Michael Gannon


Das Boot (The Boat)

By Lothar-Gunther Buchheim (The book that inspired the well know film with Jurgen Prochnow)


These are just a few of the books I read in preparing Grey Wolf, there are countless other excellent volumes. They are all available, both new and used, on 


Web Sites:

The Best Site for first hand information on the U-boat war. Many veterans of the U-boats have been members, including some of the biggest names: Topp, Hess, Kretchmer, to name a few.   

Torpedo Junction (

This is a superlative source for used and hard to find books on U-boat and submarine history. 

U-Boat Archives (

Here is another good source for raw materials on the U-boat campaign. There are many historic documents available through this site.

Here is a good source for dates and basics on U-boats. Also, it has listings of Commanders and individual U-boats.

Another good source for technical data such as dates, places and times, as well as crew lists.


Again, these are just a few out of many.