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Book Review
U-Boot Im Focus, Edition #3
Unique Text and Photograph Reference For All U-boat Enthusiasts
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by: Mark R. Smith [ GUNNY ]

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"This MSW Book review is of the third edition of "U-boot im Focus", the first regularly published U-boat magazine from Luftfahrtverlag-Start, Germany."

This is the third edition of this very unique publication, and also my third opportunity to give a report on such, and as before, Luftfahrtverlag-Start has given the U-boat enthusiast yet another fantastic resource for research information and images.

U-Boot Im Focus is a regularly published book in a softback style format, that is soley dedicated to the German U-boat. What makes the publication even more special, is that most of the images and information contained in each issue have never before been published, so each issue is unique to it's own, and quite a valuabe resource all around.

The format of the publication is large, 8 1/2" X 11 3/4", with heavy index covers, and heavy weight, high quality art-paper pages within. This issue is chock full of many black and white as well as color images and illustrations of the U-boat, it's inhabitants, and U-boat life, along with intelligent, pertinent, supporting text in both German and English. This edition has a total of fifty-two pages in all (including front and back cover).

The first two editions of this publication has proved themselves many time over from personal experiences for my own reference, as well as from other modelers, and I'm sure that this one will slip nicely in with the others! A very valuable point of reference for not only the modeler, but also the historian, researcher, or U-boat enthusiast will benefit from these editions.


Author: Urbanke, Axel
Edition: 1
Pages: 52
Year of publication: 2008
Measurement: 29,5 x 21 cm
Language: German/English
Cover: paperback
Photos: 57 B & W, 3 colour
Digital Color Illustrations: 4

inside the cover...

I) Minenleger/Minelayer
U-218, 1945

II) Editorial/Editorial

III) Leserforum/Reader's Forum
U-559, 1941
U-331 U-559, 1941
U-861, 1945

IV) Typ I Boote / Type 1 boats
U-26, 1939

V) Typ II C Boote / Type II C boats
U-2, U-3, U-4 U-6, 1939

VI) Typ VII C Boote / Type VII C boats
U-251, 1942
U-978, 1944

VII) Typ IX Boote / Type IX boats
U-66, 1943

VIII) Elektroboote / Electroboats
U-2360, 1945

IX) Turme / Conning Towers
U-25-das,,Pilz-Boot" mit den Nationalflaggen
U-70-die,,Eiserne Faust des Gotz con Berlichingen"

X) Farbfotos / Colour photos
Die Bruckenwache-Erfolgsbringer und lebensversicherung eines Bootes

XI) Boot im Focus / Boat in Focus
U-2519-das Elektroboot von ,,Ali" Cremer

XII) Dokument / Document
Die Weihnachtkarte der 11. U-Flotille

XIII) Fotos mit Geschichte / Photos with a story
U-119-trotz Rammschadens Minenlege-und Versorgungsauftrag erfullt

XIV) Unbekannte Embleme / Unknown Emblems
UIT-24-das Boot mit dem,,Lasttragenden Elefanten"

XV) Portrat / Portrait
Oberbootsmannsmaat Max Dittrich, U-203, U-202, and U-178

XVI) Ungewohnliches / Unusual

XVII) Fotos mit Geschichte / Photos with a story
Die Rammversenkungen von U-188

XVIII) Szenerie / Scenery
Dockansicht, U-453

XIV) Shicksal / Fate
Das Ende eines alten Schlachtrosses, U-106

XX) U-tanker / U-tanker
U-Tanker, U-459

Highs: Well written, informative text, excellent photos, unique subject matter
Lows: None!
Verdict: Overall, a fantastic reference for any modeler, historian, or U-boat enthusiast...highly recommended from this modelers point of view!
Percentage Rating
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: Edition #3
  Suggested Retail: 16.80 Euro
  Related Link: Official Company Website
  PUBLISHED: May 10, 2008

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About Mark R. Smith (Gunny)

I have been building models of all sorts all of my life, concentrating mainly on the coolest one's when I was younger, but now I focus directly on all military subjects, from armor to warships. After years of counting rivets, I put away the calipers, dial indicators, and micrometers and now just ha...

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Hi all, I have recently received my copy of Uif 3 and I must say that the Uif team are to be congratulated for having maintained if not exceeded the very high standard that this publication set with the previous 2 copies, I recommend that anyone who has an interest in German U-Boots of WWII gets a copy. PeteV
MAY 17, 2008 - 01:52 AM

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