To the Last Salute


To the Last Salute

Memories of an Austrian U-Boat Commander

Georg von Trapp
Translated and with an introduction by Elizabeth M. Campbell
With an essay by Robert C. Lendt

224 pages
33 photographs, map, figure


May 2009


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About the Book

The Sound of Music endeared Georg von Trapp (1880–1947) and his singing family to the world, and it also showed how desperately the Nazis wanted Captain von Trapp for their navy. In To the Last Salute we 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 ships—all 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 Bio

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 Illustrations
Introduction: Meet the Real Captain von Trapp
The World of To the Last Salute
1. Between the Islands
2. U-Boats Mobilized
3. Léon Gambetta
4. Letters
5. Envy
6. Trip to the Hinterland
7. The Bomb Exploded
8. Poor Austrians!
9. Giuseppe Garibaldi
10. Nereide
11. The Prize
12. Gasoline Stupor
13. America Bluffs
14. The First Depth Charges
15. Heroes
16. Curie
17. The Oil Spill
18. Deck Paint
19. Bypassing the Official Channels
20. Unrestricted U-Boat War
21. Reconstruction in the Arsenal
22. The First Steamers
23. Transmission of Orders
24. Fog
25. The Two Greeks
26. Salute to Africa
27. One Comes, the Other Goes
28. Gjenovic
29. Otranto
30. Loot
31. Entertainment on Board
32. U-Boat Trap
33. Sheet Lightning
34. Bravo, Bim!
35. Autumn Journey
36. Internal Duty
37. Intermezzo
38. In the East
39. The Fire Goes Out
40. Durazzo
41. To the Last Salute


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