Luis de la Sierra

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Luis de la Sierra Fernández

Santander, Spain
DiedOctober 14, 2014(2014-10-14) (aged 93–94)
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • Writer
  • Historian
  • Sailor
Known forNaval military history books

Luis de la Sierra Fernández (Santander, 1920 - Palma de Mallorca, 11th October 2014)​ was a Spanish writer, historian and sailor mostly known for his naval military history books.[1]


When he was 17 years old, during the Spanish Civil War, he enrolled as a sailor on the National Navy serving in the cruiser Almirante Cervera'. When the war was over, he was accepted in the Escuela Naval Militar (Military Navy School) of San Fernando (Cádiz), where, in 1943, he obtained the rank of alférez de navío (ensign). He specialized in submarine warfare and torpedoes. During his long career he served in several minelayers, cruisers and the schoolships Galatea and Juan Sebastián Elcano he finished his military career teaching at the Escuela de Armas Submarinas (Submarine Arms School) until 1982.[2]

His first book was the renowned "Buques suicidas. Historia de los submarinos de bolsillo, torpedos humanos y botes explosivos en el siglo XX" published by the Spanish Navy and winner of a Virgen del Carmen prize.[3] Its success paved the way for his writing career, mainly made of naval history books, particularly the naval engagements of both world wars, traveling books and guides along with a few translations to Spanish of international authors. During his writing career he frequently moved between Almería, Barcelona, Cádiz, Cartagena, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca and Santander in order to complete his reserach.


Most of his books have yet to translated into English, consequently the original title in Spanish has been preserved.[4]


  • Viajes de un marino. Barcelona, España: Juventud. 1981. ISBN 978-84-261-1824-0.
  • Viaje a Egipto: doce días en el legendario País del Nilo. Barcelona, España: Ediciones del Serbal. 1990. ISBN 978-84-7628-070-6.
  • Viaje a Mesoamérica: por tierras de México, Guatemala y Honduras. Barcelona, España: Ediciones del Serbal. 1991. ISBN 978-84-7628-070-6.
  • Viaje a la India. Barcelona, España: Ediciones del Serbal. 1993. ISBN 978-84-7628-121-5.
  • Viaje a China. Barcelona, España: Ediciones del Serbal. 1995. ISBN 978-84-7628-134-5.
  • Viaje a la Atlántida. Vigo, Pontevedra, España: Ediciones Cardeñoso. 2003. ISBN 978-84-8190-322-5.
  • Mis viajes. Vigo, Pontevedra, España: Ediciones Cardeñoso. 2004. ISBN 978-84-8190-363-8.


  • Müllenheim-Rechberg, Burkard von (1982). El acorazado "Bismarck". Relato de un superviviente. Barcelona, España: Juventud. ISBN 978-84-261-1915-5.
  • Heyerdahl, Thor (1972). Expedición. Barcelona, España: Juventud. ISBN 978-84-261-5612-9.
  • Heyerdahl, Thor (1973). Las expediciones Ra. Barcelona, España: Juventud. ISBN 978-84-226-0259-0.
  • Heyerdahl, Thor (1981). La expedición Tigris. Barcelona, España: Juventud. ISBN 978-84-261-1828-8.
  • Slocum, Joshua (1981). Navegando en solitario alrededor del mundo. Barcelona, España: Juventud. ISBN 978-84-261-1718-2.
  • Heyerdahl, Thor (1986). El misterio de las Maldivas. Barcelona, España: Juventud. ISBN 978-84-261-2215-5.
  • Calhoun, Raymond C. (1986). Tifón, el otro enemigo. Barcelona, España: Juventud. ISBN 978-84-261-2196-7.
  • Chichester, Francis (1993). La vuelta al mundo del Gipsy Moth. Barcelona, España: Juventud. ISBN 978-84-261-0744-2.

In the media


  1. "Luis de la Sierra". Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  2. "La muerte de Luis de la Sierra Fernandez, marino ilustre y español ejemplar – Alerta Digital". Retrieved 2020-04-26.
  3. Mallorca, Noticias de. "Fallece en Palma Luis de la Sierra". Noticias de Mallorca (in español). Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  4. "Luis de la Sierra". Retrieved 2020-04-28.

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