An Honorable German Book Flash

One of the prompts of CharlesMcCain.com came from my agent who encouraged me to create a website which would be a comprehensive portal to information on U-Boats, the Kriegsmarine, and Germany in World War Two. So if you have a question such as: “how many war patrols did U-31 make, who was the commandant, and what was the fate of the boat?” You can come to my site and search my blog where I will tell you the exact website to go to and where to look.

I had always assumed that the author writes the book, the agent represents the book, and the publisher prints and sells it to readers. Unfortunately, I painfully learned that the author is often required to take his/her destiny into their own hands and help with each step of the process.

To this end, I decided to combine my previously stated desires to start this blog with the urgings of my agent to gain exposure and help push the book. I’ll expand upon my thoughts on this in future posts. But to start, I want to share with you something which I quick like which is a brief online video that does a great job of showing you what the book is about in imparting the mood of the era in which the story takes place. Enjoy.

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Welcome To My Blog

Welcome to my blog! I never thought that I would ever do something like this but I realized that there was both a need and a desire.

The first aspect that hit me was the need. During my 30 years of research for An Honorable
German
, I discovered many online research sites were woefully out-of-date, missing pertinent information, infrequently updated, or had information that was flat out wrong. I also spent a significantly large amount of time searching for the right source to answer my questions and gather the data I needed. Finding where accurate information is can be as time consuming as reading through it. There seems to be no reason that I couldn’t post my research here, in a cohesive format that is regularly updated and open to discussion.

The second aspect was my desire.
Originally, I didn’t see why anyone would be interested in knowing the kind of minutiae I had learned. No matter how often my friends would try to convince me that people are intrigued by this kind of thing, I would not heed their advice. I just didn’t believe it. During the last two years of writing and editing the novel and then discussing it once it was published, I was truly amazed at the interest people had in every aspect of the Third Reich, particularly the German U-Bootwaffe or U-Boat force. What also surprised me is the vast U-Boat subculture which exists, and I don’t mean that in a negative way since I’m part of it. People like to discuss U-Boats. And they do so on any number of online forums. Yet many posts people make, while not intentionally wrong, are factually incorrect.

A popular myth, which people write about on forums and which readers also write me about, is this: German U-Boat men came ashore in the United States in the years before World War Two and even during World War Two and did such things as go to the movies, buy groceries at the A&P, go to taverns and drink, and anything else you can think of. I’ve heard these stories from Maine to Galveston and they are all totally, one hundred percent, flat out, no doubt it wrong. They never, ever happened.

Embracing these two aspects, and with a desire to expose my work to more individuals, I decided to create CharlesMcCain.com. Here, I can expand upon details I discovered in my research which did not make it into my book(s), explore the subtler aspects of the both the German Navy and World War Two, create a resource for all those interested in World War Two, and give my considered opinions on various aspects of German naval history.

I trust you will find CharlesMcCain.com useful and you visit the site often. I look forward to discussing many topics with you and would greatly appreciate any comments, questions, and/or suggestions.

Wishing you the best,
Charles McCain

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