The Defeat of the German U-Boats: The Battle of the Atlantic

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The Defeat of the German U-Boats explains the significance and the outcome of World War II's most important naval campaign in the European theater-the air and sea battle that ended Germany's bid to sever Allied supply lines in the Atlantic. David Syrett's comprehensive account offers a detailed analysis of the effort to stop German U-boat attacks on Allied merchant vessels, which by 1943 ranked as the Allies' top priority in their strategy to defeat Hitler's forces. Syrett argues that the Germans were unable to ...
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Overview

The Defeat of the German U-Boats explains the significance and the outcome of World War II's most important naval campaign in the European theater-the air and sea battle that ended Germany's bid to sever Allied supply lines in the Atlantic. David Syrett's comprehensive account offers a detailed analysis of the effort to stop German U-boat attacks on Allied merchant vessels, which by 1943 ranked as the Allies' top priority in their strategy to defeat Hitler's forces. Syrett argues that the Germans were unable to match Allied communication, technological, and tactical advances and that the Allies prevailed largely because of their skill in utilizing the material and intelligence resources at their disposal. Beginning with a detailed description of the U-boat, Syrett discusses the weaponry developed by the Allies to stop this destructive craft. He uses intelligence information-released decades after the war-to plot the progression of each Allied convoy, German U-boat assault, and Allied response. Crediting the Allied victory with keeping Britain in the war and making possible the 1944 invasion of northwest Europe, Syrett emphasizes the Battle of the Atlantic's pivotal role in determining the war's outcome.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780872499843
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1994
  • Series: Studies in Maritime History
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.35 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Ch. 1 Prerequisites 1
Ch. 2 The Battle of the Atlantic in the Balance: 10-30 April 1943 25
Ch. 3 The Battle for Convoy ONS 5: 22 April-6 May 1943 63
Ch. 4 The First Defeat of the Wolf Packs: 3-24 May 1943 96
Ch. 5 Escort Carriers and U-Boats: June-September 1943 145
Ch. 6 More Battles along the North American-United Kingdom Convoy Route: 15 September-7 November 1943 181
Ch. 7 The Last Wolf Pack Battles in the Atlantic: The Gibraltar Routes, 6 October-7 December 1943 230
Conclusion 259
Appendix A: Allied Ships Sunk in Convoy Battles 267
Appendix B: U-Boats Sunk in Mid-Atlantic Convoy Battles or Convoy-Related Battles 270
Appendix C: Convoys and Escorts 274
Notes 287
Bibliography 324
Index 329
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2000

    For serious naval historians only.

    I just finished doing an eight page book review on this book for my college history class. Wow! I never knew someone could put together so much battle detail in one book. Whether you agree with the standpoint of the author in that cryptography won the war or not, I recommend this book. However, I am a former submariner myself so the terminology, concepts, and ship types are familiar to me. It is a book that seems to be written for people with at least a basic understanding of naval affairs. An excellent addition to my bookshelf.

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