Book: Tango Boat Dancers by Charles Frankhausercategories: Book, Psychology, Peacetime German Navy, U-Boats, Key West, Romance, Ballroom Dancing, Espionage, US Naval Academy, Boat Building, British Cruise Line, Hamburg, Project Leadership, Humor
Charles Frankhauserabout this book: This novella is set prior to World War II beginning in Germany where an Admiral assigns a naive male Lieutenant to work with two female Lieutenants to test a cure for homesickness among sailors on long deployments near America's coastline. The work is humor in all respects involving the Admiral's old school friend, who runs the Home for Homesick Sailors in Berlin.
The Admiral's orders are vague in terms of how-to accomplish a test of a secret theory to eliminate homesickness on U-boats at sea that are scouting America's coastline. Management practices involved in brainstorming are utilized to develop a test plan for the Admiral's approval. A cattle-call for volunteers is organized after a training period in Hamburg has been completed.
The research for this book is based on personal experiences as a U.S. Navy submarine officer aboard a diesel-electric submarine. A trip to visit the U-boat pens in Kiel, Germany and a visit as a young man to the city of Hamburg. A visit aboard a British cruise ship was helpful in writing a portion of the storyline. The author is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and he served four and a half years on continuous sea duty while visiting many of the locales in the novella.
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