U-Boats vs Destroyer Escorts: The Battle of the Atlantic

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Winston Churchill claimed that the "U-boat peril" was the only thing that ever frightened him during World War II. A formidable foe, the U-boat was developed from a small coastal vessel into a state-of-the-art killer, successfully stalking the high seas picking off merchant convoy ships. It was not until the destroyer escort was introduced, alongside the development of destroyer groups with dedicated anti-submarine tactics, that there was an effective means of defence and attack...
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Overview

Winston Churchill claimed that the "U-boat peril" was the only thing that ever frightened him during World War II. A formidable foe, the U-boat was developed from a small coastal vessel into a state-of-the-art killer, successfully stalking the high seas picking off merchant convoy ships. It was not until the destroyer escort was introduced, alongside the development of destroyer groups with dedicated anti-submarine tactics, that there was an effective means of defence and attack against the U-boat peril.

Gordon Williamson describes the design and development of these two deadly opponents, their strengths and weaknesses and of their tactics, weaponry and training. He provides an insight into the lives of the Allied Navy and Wolf Pack crews as they played their deadly games of cat and mouse on the high seas, gambling not only with their lives but with the fate of their nations.

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"Gordon Williamson's U-Boats vs. Destroyer Escorts: The Battle of the Atlantic tells of a key confrontation between U-Boats and Destroyers during World War II and is a top pick for specialty World War II collections." -California Bookwatch (December 2007)

"The author takes a good look at the two antagonists, covering their development and the see-saw changes in fortune as one side got the upper hand adn the other countered it... In all, an excellent addition to what is sure to become a popular series. I know you will enjoy it as much as I." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (October 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846031335
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/23/2007
  • Series: Duel
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 956,336
  • Product dimensions: 7.31 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon Williamson was born in 1951 and works for the Scottish Land Register. He spent seven years with the Military Police TA and has published a number of books and articles on the decorations of the Third Reich. He is the author of a number of World War II titles for Osprey. The author lives in Edinburg, Scotland.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     4
Chronology     6
The Strategic Situation     8
Design and Development     14
Technical Specifications     26
The Combatants     48
Combat     58
Statistical Analysis     74
Conclusion     77
Further Reading     79
Index     80
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