|U Boats -
Mergulhando na História (U-boats - Diving in
accounts of several dives by the author on U-boat wrecks. 254 pages.
Text (in Portuguese), photos, and
drawings. Color. 2011.
Redes Editora Ltda
||- $35.00 Brazil Real MSRP
Me and my fellow club
modelers are very fortunate for having members among us with expertise
and dedication enough to write books on history and military. Nestor
Magalhães is one of these individuals. Nestor is a Brazilian
Army Reserve officer, and needless to say, a big fan of Kriegsmarine's
U-boats and their actions during WWII.
Despite the fact that he can't swim, Nestor became a
qualified diver only to be able explore the known wrecks of U-boats.
And so he did, diving in more than a dozen wrecks around the world.
This book not only tell us his adventures, but also take us with him
down to each site.
This edition is in Portuguese, but a future English edition
is not impossible. Nestor's writing style was a pleasant surprise to me
- the reading is really enjoyable, so much so that I finished the book
in a few days. He actually succeeded in taking us with him with
The book contain 28 chapters, each one describing a dive to a wreck or a visit. The U-boats visited are U-1277, U-352, U-505, U-1105, U-85, U-853, U-171, U-2540, U-995, U-20, U-534 and U-701. As you know, not all of them under the sea. Nestor also visited the Keroman 3 submarine bunker, some memorials, and the Itapagé, a Brazilian ship sunk by U-boats during WWII. His knowledge on the subject is outstanding. Even during our club meetings, he never stops to amaze us by recalling names of the officers and technical details of each U-boat from memory! Definitely the right person to write such a book.
It is frightening to read about the dive which almost lost
his life. Having a credible collection of 1/72 U-boats, it is also
interesting to see him describing how the familiarization with the
scale models helped him to identify wreckeges more than once.
If you like diving, Nestor reveals interesting details about
the many diving companies he contacted throughout the years, as well as
many friends he made during his travels.
In case you are wondering, you won't find walkarounds or
camouflage and markings diagrams in this book. It is a first hand
personal account of an intrepid man who dicided to see and touch these
feared machines by himself. And he did.
This book will interest not only U-boat fans, but modelers,
divers, and anyone interested in this particular piece of history. It
was an enjoyable reading, and I recommend.