"The most comprehensive short survey of the U-boat battles." Sir John Keegan, author, The First World War
Battle of the Atlanticby Marc Milner
World War II was only a few hours old when the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest campaign of the Second World War and the most complex submarine war in history, began with the sinking of the unarmed passenger liner Athenia by the German submarine U30. Based on mastery of the latest research and written from a mid-Atlantic -- rather than the traditional Anglo-centric… See more details below
World War II was only a few hours old when the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest campaign of the Second World War and the most complex submarine war in history, began with the sinking of the unarmed passenger liner Athenia by the German submarine U30. Based on mastery of the latest research and written from a mid-Atlantic -- rather than the traditional Anglo-centric -- perspective, Marc Milner focuses on the confrontation between opposing forces and the attacks on Allied shipping that lay at the heart of the six-year struggle. Against the backdrop of the battle for the Atlantic lifeline he charts the fascinating development of U-boats and the techniques used by the Allies to suppress and destroy these 'stealth' weapons. Emphasising the initial threat from German surface raiders and the importance of sound pre-war staff work, he dismisses the notion that Britian was unprepared for the Atlantic war and argues that the much heralded 'Ultra Intelligence' was not decisive. Indeed, the Atlantic war was ultimately won by rader -- and hard fighting at sea. Cutting through the high drama of sea battles, the author concludes that victory was never within Germany's grasp.
- Tempus Publishing, Limited
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- 6.40(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.15(d)
Meet the Author
Marc Milner is a history professor who has written extensively on the naval history of World War II. His other books include North Atlantic Run and The U-Boat Hunters. He lives in New Brunswick, Canada.
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A very readable and well researched history of the battle, and one that doesnt end, or lose focus, in May 1943 when the allied navies finally achieved the upper hand.
I haven't read the book. However, I have the original photograph of the U-boat attack on the cover of this book. My Dad was radioman with crew 4 on the PBM from Anti-Submarine Squadron VP 201 out of Bermuda. They spotted the U-boat (later identified as U-134) on July 8, 1943 approximately 500 miles from Bermuda. They attacked at 90 degrees off axis of the U-boat. The U-boat had a man on their deck gun who was shooting at the PBM. He was lucky enough to hit their depth charge control and all their depth charges dropped. The explosion in the background was the closest, however the U-boat didn't suffer any significant danger. The aircraft limped back to Bermuda and the pilot, Lt. Soverell landed off the coast and slid the plane up onto the beach because he didn't know if the landing gear were intact. U-134 went on to become somewhat infamous for downing a US Navy blimp , K74, on July 18. U-134 was ultimately sunk on August 24th.