Business in Great Waters

Business in Great Waters

by John Terraine


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Twice within 25 years Britain was threatened with starvation by the menace of the U-Boat. In this study of submarine warfare, the author explains why Winston Churchill wrote "the only thing that ever frightened me during the war was the U-Boat peril". Until it had been overcome, the Anglo-American entry into Europe in 1944 would have been impossible.

John Terraine concentrates on the combatants themselves, both German and Allied, but does not overlook the three main factors in the equation - the political, the military and the technological, as well as the intelligence, the weapons and the devices both sides employed in order to outwit each other. He also focuses on the fighting men on either side, seeing the action from "where it was at".

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848841352
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 03/24/2010
Pages: 864
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

John Terraine was born in London in 1921 and educated in Stamford School and Keble College, Oxford. He worked for nearly twenty years in the BBC as a record programs assistant, a producer of Radio Newsreel, a programme assistant in the East European Service, and program organiser of the Pacific and South African service. In 1963 he began his work on the BBC Television series 'The Great War', for which he received the Screenwriters' Guild Documentary Award. In 1969 he won the Society of Film and Television Arts Script Award for his 'The Life and Times of Lord Mountbatten', which he wrote for Themes TV. He was scriptwriter and narrator for the BBC series 'The Mighty Continent' in 1974. Mr Terraine is a highly-respected authority on the First World War and has already published nine books on the subject, including: Mons: The Retreat to Victory, Douglas Haig: The Educated Soldier, The Western Front, The Great War: An Illustrated History, The Road to Passchendaele, To Win a War, The Smoke and the Fire: Myths and Anti-Smiths of War, The Right of the Line and Business of Great Waters.

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

Abbreviations xix

Part I The First Round

1 Free From All Scruples 3

2 The Most Formidable Thing 17

3 Engage The Enemy More Closely 40

4 Convoy Acted Like A Spell 57

5 Slack Water 85

6 Foiled Rather Than Defeated 105

7 Small Advantages 130

8 The Battle Done 141

Part II Interval

The Insidious Submarine 153

Part III The Second Round

1 Dearth Of U-boats 213

2 Nothing Of Major Importance 242

3/i The Steep Atlantick 255

3/ii The Very Nadir Of British Fortunes 275

3/iii As Though The Defence Had Won 311

4 By The Narrowest Of Margins 353

5 A Roll Of Drums 403

6 The Heartbeat Of The War 444

7 We Had Lost The Battle 513

8 Unconditional Surrender 614

Notes 674


A British, American and German Naval Ranks 761

B The German U-boats of World War I 762

C Gross Tonnage of Merchant Shipping Lost Through Enemy Action, to II November, 1918 766

D Shipping and U-boat Losses 1939-45, yearly and monthly 767

E U-boat Deployment in the Biscay Bases (July, 1943) 770

F Shipping Losses in British Home Waters, 1939-45 771

G Analysis of U-boat Losses 1914-45 772

Select Bibliography 774

General Index 783

Index of Aircraft 826

Index of Convoys 829

Index of Merchant Vessels 831

Index of U-boats 833

Index of Warships 837

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