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Overview

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: 6/28/1994
  • Series: History and Warfare Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 0.84 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy J. Runyan is professor of history at Cleveland State University and editor of The American Neptune journal. Jan M. Copes is lecturer of history at Cleveland State University and assistant editor of The American Neptune. Timothy J. Runyan is professor of history at Cleveland State University and editor of The American Neptune journal. Jan M. Copes is lecturer of history at Cleveland State University and assistant editor of The American Neptune.

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Table of Contents

List of Photographs and Maps
Preface
Introduction: An American Assessment
1 The Atlantic in the Strategic Perspective of Hitler and Roosevelt, 1940-1941 3
2 The Views of Stimson and Knox on Atlantic Strategy and Planning 22
3 Codes and Ciphers: Radio Communication and Intelligence 38
4 Planning the Defense of the South Atlantic, 1939-1941: Securing Brazil 55
5 Brazil, Espionage, and Donitz's Dream 67
6 The Character of the German Naval Offensive: October 1940-June 1941 75
7 The U.S. Navy and Operation Roll of Drums, 1942 95
8 Squaring Some of the Corners: The Royal Canadian Navy and the Pattern of the Atlantic War 121
9 The Battle of the Atlantic, 1941-1943: Peaks and Troughs 137
10 The U-Boat War off the Outerbanks 158
11 "Situation Extremely Dangerous": Three Atlantic Convoys in February 1943 169
12 Ultra, Air Power, and the Second Battle of the St. Lawrence, 1944 186
13 Operation Teardrop Revisited 210
14 Mahan's Principles and the Battle of the Atlantic 231
15 Kapitan Fred Krage: Blockade Runner 251
16 United States Merchant Marine Casualties 259
17 The Merchant Marine Cadet Corps 273
18 Port in a Storm: The Port of New York in World War II 282
19 The Coast Guard Captains of the Port 295
20 The Battle of the Atlantic in Feature Films 311
Glossary 323
Select Bibliography 327
About the Book and Editors 333
About the Contributors 335
Index 339
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