Battle of the Atlantic

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A major reinterpretation of the most important military campaign of World War II
 
World War II was only a few hours old when the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest campaign of World War II 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 the mastery of the latest research and written from a mid-Atlantic—rather than the traditional ...

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Overview

A major reinterpretation of the most important military campaign of World War II
 
World War II was only a few hours old when the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest campaign of World War II 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 the mastery of the latest research and written from a mid-Atlantic—rather than the traditional Anglocentric—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.

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"The most comprehensive short survey of the U-boat battles."  —Sir John Keegan, author, The First World War

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752461878
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 815,721
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (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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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
1 Opening Skirmishes, September 1939-March 1940 19
2 The Battle of the Atlantic Begins, April 1940-March 1941 35
3 The Allies Strike Back, April-December 1941 57
4 Carnage off America, January-September 1942 83
5 Mid-Atlantic Confrontation, July-December 1942 107
6 Crushing the Wolf Packs, January-May 1943 135
7 Driving the U-boat Down, June-December 1943 157
8 Troubled Waters, January-August 1944 183
9 Defeating the Old U-Boats...Again! September 1944-May 1945 207
10 The Crisis That Never Was 231
Afterword and Acknowledgements 239
List of Abbreviations 243
Bibliography 245
List of Illustrations 247
Index 251
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    Well balanced

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    I haven't read the book. However, I have the original photograp

    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.

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