To Die Gallantly: The Battle of the Atlantic / Edition 1

To Die Gallantly: The Battle of the Atlantic / Edition 1

by Timothy J Runyan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813323320

ISBN-13: 9780813323329

Pub. Date: 06/28/1994

Publisher: Westview Press

They were known as “iron coffins”—the German U-Boats that terrorized Allied shipping during World War II. In this volume commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic, historians from both sides of the ocean offer new insights into the conflict.The Battle of the Atlantic was the most important campaign of the war, for Allied

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They were known as “iron coffins”—the German U-Boats that terrorized Allied shipping during World War II. In this volume commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic, historians from both sides of the ocean offer new insights into the conflict.The Battle of the Atlantic was the most important campaign of the war, for Allied success in Europe depended on massive movements of ships, men, and matériel across the Atlantic from the Americas. In spite of an unprecedented Allied shipbuilding effort, German U-boats were causing severe damage to this vital supply line; unless the deadly U-boat menace could be eliminated, the Allies would be unable to defeat Nazi Germany.The cost in lives lost and ships sunk was appalling, but statistics alone do not reflect the human dimension of this most terrible sea fight. It is a story of incredible courage and unspeakable cruelty, one in which calculated risks and life-or-death decisions became commonplace. It is a story of the combined efforts of planners and strategists, spies and codebreakers, naval officers and crews, merchant mariners, and civilians at home in both Allied and Axis nations to achieve an end to the carnage at sea. And it is a story of the triumph of technology, as Allied advances in radar and sonar ultimately led to victory over the German wolfpacks.The book makes an important contribution to the history of World War II, examining both much-studied and lesser-known aspects of this critical campaign. Its contributors provide a comprehensive account of all who participated in this long and costly effort: those who planned, those who fought, those who waited, and those who died.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813323329
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
06/28/1994
Series:
History and Warfare Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
0.84(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Photographs and Maps
Preface
Introduction: An American Assessment
1The Atlantic in the Strategic Perspective of Hitler and Roosevelt, 1940-19413
2The Views of Stimson and Knox on Atlantic Strategy and Planning22
3Codes and Ciphers: Radio Communication and Intelligence38
4Planning the Defense of the South Atlantic, 1939-1941: Securing Brazil55
5Brazil, Espionage, and Donitz's Dream67
6The Character of the German Naval Offensive: October 1940-June 194175
7The U.S. Navy and Operation Roll of Drums, 194295
8Squaring Some of the Corners: The Royal Canadian Navy and the Pattern of the Atlantic War121
9The Battle of the Atlantic, 1941-1943: Peaks and Troughs137
10The U-Boat War off the Outerbanks158
11"Situation Extremely Dangerous": Three Atlantic Convoys in February 1943169
12Ultra, Air Power, and the Second Battle of the St. Lawrence, 1944186
13Operation Teardrop Revisited210
14Mahan's Principles and the Battle of the Atlantic231
15Kapitan Fred Krage: Blockade Runner251
16United States Merchant Marine Casualties259
17The Merchant Marine Cadet Corps273
18Port in a Storm: The Port of New York in World War II282
19The Coast Guard Captains of the Port295
20The Battle of the Atlantic in Feature Films311
Glossary323
Select Bibliography327
About the Book and Editors333
About the Contributors335
Index339

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