"The Battle of the Atlantic: The First Complete Account of the Origins and Outcome of the Longest and Mmost Crucial Campaign of World War II" (used book)
The Battle of the Atlantic: The First Complete Account of the Origins and Outcome of the Longest and Mmost Crucial Campaign of World War II
by Terry Hughes and John Costello
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Used Book. Hardcover. Dust jacket included. Dust jacket torn. Good Condition with the exception of the dust jacket.
-- From the dust jacket
The Battle of the Atlantic is the first complete, thoroughly documented account of the pivotal campaign of World War II – the German attempt to sever Allied supply lines in the Atlantic. The battle began with the sinking of the passenger liner Athenia and was remorselessly sustained by U-boats for the next five years and eight months – the entire duration of the war. Twice the crippling losses of merchant shipping brought Britain to the brink of starvation and Hitler to the threshold of victory. Defeat in the longest, most bitterly fought campaign of the war finally cost the Germans 784 U-boats and 28,000 crewmen. Victory cost the Allies 2,603 merchant ships and 175 naval vessels – and 40,000 lives, including 26,000 civilians.
Now, the release of hitherto secret documents from official British, German, and American archives makes it possible, for the first time, to tell the full story of how this momentous battle was fought and won. These documents describe the key role played by ULTRA intelligence in the secret war against the U-boats and reveal the clandestine political deal between Roosevelt and Churchill, which saved the West by martialing the full weight of U.S. industrial effort into the Battle of the Atlantic – long before America formally declared war.
Ranging from Murmansk to Trinidad, from Boston to Bremerhaven, this gripping account combines archive reports and eyewitness accounts with more than 400 action photographs (most never before published).
More than just a military record, The Battle of the Atlantic looks behind the ocean battles between convoys and U-boats to show the human struggle on two continents, including the role played by women in shipyards, factories, and farms. It describes the epic endurance of survivors on gale-wracked seas, the technological miracles of primitive computers that broke the Atlantic U-boat code, and the Germans’ massive production program, which almost brought a revolutionary fast new submarine into operation in time to threaten the Allied invasion of Europe. Incorporating a wealth of explanatory maps, diagrams, and charts – including key battle maps from German sources – The Battle of the Atlantic traces the ebb and flow of the campaign of which Churchill said, “The only thing that ever really frightened me during the war was the U-boat peril.”