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By Georg von Trapp

The Sound of Music endeared Georg von Trapp (1880–1947) and his making a song family members to the area, and it additionally confirmed how desperately the Nazis sought after Captain von Trapp for his or her military. In To the final Salute we examine why. Trapp’s personal tale of his exploits as a submarine commander in the course of the First global warfare is as interesting because it is instructive, bringing to stirring existence a little-known bankruptcy within the naval background of that war.

In his many guises, Trapp describes lifestyles as captain of Austro-Hungarian U-boats within the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas, rising by means of flip because the Imperial Austrian naval officer, the witty observer of foreign politics, and the indefatigable and finally heartbroken patriot opposing the Allied enemy. He relates lethal duels with submarine sweepers, slender escapes and excruciatingly shut calls, and the marvelous sinking of shipment and battle ships—all whereas conserving a willing experience of the camaraderie of seamen from each nook of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Trapp’s tale, in English for the 1st time, deals a unprecedented mix of human curiosity, old perception, and actual life-and-death adventure.

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