To the Last Salute

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  • Copyright: 2009-05-01
  • Publisher: Bison Books
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The Sound of Musicendeared Georg von Trapp (18801947) and his singing family to the world, and it also showed how desperately the Nazis wanted Captain von Trapp for their navy. InTo the Last Salutewe learn why. Trapp's own story of his exploits as a submarine commander during the First World War is as exciting as it is instructive, bringing to stirring life a little-known chapter in the naval history of that war. In his many guises, Trapp describes life as captain of Austro-Hungarian U-boats in the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas, emerging by turn as the Imperial Austrian naval officer, the witty observer of international politics, and the indefatigable and ultimately heartbroken patriot opposing the Allied enemy. He relates deadly duels with submarine sweepers, narrow escapes and excruciatingly close calls, and the spectacular sinking of cargo and war shipsall while maintaining a keen sense of the camaraderie of seamen from every corner of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Trapp's story, in English for the first time, offers a rare combination of human interest, historical insight, and true life-and-death adventure.

Author Biography

Elizabeth M. Campbell is the granddaughter of Georg von Trapp. A graduate of Middlebury College, she is the director of advancement at the Cotting School in Lexington, Massachusetts. Campbell lives outside Boston.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Meet the Real Captain von Trappp. xiii
The World of To the Last Salutep. xxiii
Between the Islandsp. 1
U-Boats Mobilizedp. 4
Léon Gambettap. 11
Lettersp. 26
Envyp. 30
Trip to the Hinterlandp. 32
The Bomb Explodedp. 35
Poor Austrians!p. 36
Giuseppe Garibaldip. 39
Nereidep. 41
The Prizep. 52
Gasoline Stuporp. 55
America Bluffsp. 60
The First Depth Chargesp. 61
Heroesp. 63
Curiep. 65
The Oil Spillp. 67
Deck Paintp. 77
Bypassing the Official Channelsp. 84
Unrestricted U-Boat Warp. 89
Reconstruction in the Arsenalp. 90
The First Steamersp. 94
Transmission of Ordersp. 100
Fogp. 103
The Two Greeksp. 107
Salute to Africap. 111
One Comes, the Other Goesp. 112
Gjenovićp. 116
Otrantop. 123
Lootp. 128
Entertainment on Boardp. 137
U-Boat Trapp. 141
Sheet Lightningp. 149
Bravo, Bim!p. 153
Autumn Journeyp. 155
Internal Dutyp. 163
Intermezzop. 166
In the Eastp. 167
The Fire Goes Outp. 171
Durazzop. 180
To the Last Salutep. 183
Notesp. 189
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