Battleship Bismarck | The true face of a warship

Mein wunderbares Leben*

Ein Zeitzeuge berichtet

by Herbert P. Ludwig

*My Miraculous Life - A Contemporary Witness’s Story

Herbert Ludwig - Mein wunderbares Leben

After experiencing the terrors of war in the RAD (Compulsory Labor Service) in Poland in 1939 and 40, the 18-year-old Herbert Ludwig joined the Kriegsmarine in 1940, where he was sent through basic training then advanced training as a crewman on a light Anti Aircraft gun. He was then stationed on the Tirpitz, the largest and most powerful ship in the Kriegsmarine, and served on her from the commissioning in February, 1941, until the summer of 1943. Herbert defended against several savage air attacks by the RAF, experienced the numbing and boring daily routine and hazing from superiors and witnessed the execution of a buddy for desertion. During his two years on board, he crossed the Artic Circle five times.

Herbert served in the Torpedo Command in Toulon, France from mid 1943 until his capture in August, 1944. During the brief but violent allied attack on their positions, Herbert was saved by what can only be termed as a miracle. As a POW in the south of France, he and two buddies escaped from captivity and made it to the Italian border before being stopped. Later Herbert got a job as a metal caster and remained in France as a civilian worker until 1948, when he moved back to his hometown of Dresden, then in the GDR. After a hair-raising escape with his family on New Years Eve 1956, he moved to the Ruhr area, then finally to Eisenberg in the Palatinate, where he still resides today.


  • Privat limited edition without ISBN-number
  • 144 Pages
  • 47 pictures and illustrations (black and white)
  • Prize: € 14,90 / book plus transport
  • Only available in German

Views inside the book

Click on the pictures to enlarge.

Auf einen Blick

Buch bestellen

Herr Frau

Vorname:                              Nachname:



PLZ:              Wohnort:




* Pflichtfeld

  • Preis: € 14,90 / Buch zzgl. Versandkosten: € 3,-
  • Versandart: Deutscher Postverkehr
  • Anlieferung: Innerhalb von 3-5 Tagen (nach Zahlungseingang)
  • Zahlungsbedinungen: Vorkasse
  • Only available in German

Liefer- und Zahlungsbedingungen

Wir liefern innerhalb Deutschlands per Deutsche Post. In der Regel beträgt die Lieferzeit 3-5 Werktage innerhalb Deutschlands. Der Rechnungsbetrag ist in Vorkasse auf das in Ihrer Bestätigungsmail genannte Konto zu überweisen.


Soweit ein gewährleistungspflichtiger Mangel vorliegt, sind Sie im Rahmen der gesetzlichen Bestimmungen berechtigt, Nacherfüllung zu verlangen, oder von dem Vertrag zurückzutreten. Wenn trotz unserer Verpackungen Transportschäden auftreten, bitte diese unverzüglich durch den Zusteller aufnehmen und bestätigen lassen.

Order Prebook Order Order

Volume 1.1

Ship’s Command

Seamen (officers and non-commissioned officers)

Only available in German


Volume 1.2

Seaman (men)

Only available in German


Volume 2

Administrative and Medical Personnel

Gunnery Mechanics and Pyrotechnicians

Navigation, Intelligence Personnel, Ship’s Band

Only available in German


Volume 3

Engineering Personnel

Aviation and Civilian Personnel

Fleet Staff, Fleet Observer Group, Prize Crews and Combat Correspondents

Only available in German