Memoirs of Ten Years and Twenty Days.
DOENITZ Admiral (1959.)
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Translated by R.H.Stevens. Illustrations. First English edition. 8vo., cloth, price-clipped dust jacket. London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson.
Printed label pasted to the half title page, printed 'Autograph Copy', signed in ink 'Dönitz'. Dönitz, who was sentenced to ten years imprisonment at the Nuremberg War Trials, was the inventor of the 'Wolf Pack' form of submarine warfare, having served in submarines in the Great War. In 1918 he was captured by the British, certified insane, and placed in a Manchester Asylum. Because of his insanity, which he claimed he feigned, he was repatriated. He was an enthusiastic Nazi, and became the Commander in Chief of the German Navy in the last few years of the war. In the last days of the Third Reich he was nominated by Hitler as his successor, and he ruled for 20 days.
Dust jacket worn on the edges, tape repairs to the reverse, newspaper obituary of Dönitz loosely inserted.
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