Though he entered combat late in May 1942, Carl Emmermann sank twenty-six Allied ships in only four combat patrols while commanding U-172, becoming the thirteenth most successful U-boat commander of the war. U-172, a Type IXC U-boat, saw non-stop action throughout the Atlantic, during its four patrols under Emmermann. U-172? third patrol to Cape Town would be its longest with 131 days at sea, where it added eight vessels to its list of successes in this sector; the first sinkings in this area for the U-boat service. On its sixth patrol under a different commander, U-172 would later be sunk in December 1943. Awarded the Knight? Cross with Oak Leaves in 1944, Emmermann was ordered at St. Nazaire, France, to command the Kriegsmarine? 6th U-boat Flotilla. Later in Germany, he became the new sub-specialist for the Type XXIII U-boat, and in the last months of the war, commanded a marine battalion in defense of Hamburg. This biography details all WWII patrols by U-172 and features over 230 images and maps.
Luc Braeuer, born in Paris in 1970, is, along with his brother Marc, co-creator of three Second World War museums in France: Le Grand Blockhaus at Batz-sur-Mer near Saint-Nazaire ( ), Le M?orial de la Libert?retouv? at Quin?ille on the invasion beaches of Normandy ( and Le Bunker de La Rochelle ( A computer engineer and officer in the reserve, he has published twenty-six books on the ports of Brest, Lorient, and Saint-Nazaire. Specializing in German submarines in France. He is also the French correspondent for the U-boat Archive, Cuxhaven.

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