Former BLAZE BAYLEY Drummer LARRY PATERSON Releases Hitler's Grey Wolves: U-Boats In The Indian Ocean Book
November 8, 2016, a year ago
Lawrence (Larry) Paterson, best known as the drummer for Blaze Bayley during (2007–2010), has released a new book called Hitler's Grey Wolves: U-Boats In The Indian Ocean.
Paterson was born in New Zealand and at an early age he became an avid scuba diver and developed a deep interest in the Kriegsmarine. Combining the two in 1998 he moved to France to live close to the Brest U-boat bunkers. Now living in the UK, he is a member of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum's Archive Group, specialising in U-boat and Kriegsmarine research, and has undertaken consultancy work for the BBC and the Emden Naval History Collection at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.
Paterson tells Thisislocallondon.co.uk: “"I developed an interest in war while I was growing up in New Zealand and listened to the stories of both of my grandfathers, who had served in both the first and second world war. One was in the Scandinavian army in the First World War and my other grandfather was in the Royal Navy in the second. I always heard how it was the Germans who were the bad guys, I believe it was never quite as simple as that, as there are no good guys or bad guys, they are all fighting for a bad cause. From then, I developed an interest in the German military. This book originally came out more than a decade ago and so this is just a reprinted version, as there were a few spelling mistakes due to referring to Malaya as Malaysia and of course, it didn't become that until the 60s. However, I still stand by all the information in the book."
Hitler's Grey Wolves: U-Boats In The Indian Ocean is described as follows:
Very little has been written about the U-boat war in the Indian Ocean, where almost forty German submarines were assigned to operate from the Malaysian port of Georgetown alongside troops of the occupying Imperial Japanese forces. From that base they sailed across the vast Indian Ocean and into the Pacific. Success in this theatre of war could very possibly have swung the tide of battle in North Africa in favour of Rommel, and the joint operations with the Japanese allowed the Germans to penetrate the Pacific Ocean for the first time, attacking shipping off the Australian coast and hunting off New Zealand. Plans were even made to attack US supply lines. Hitler's Grey Wolves is the story of this forgotten campaign, bringing it vividly to life through Lawrence Paterson's incisive analysis, eyewitness testimony and an extensive collection of contemporary photographs.