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Attack and Sink!: The Battle for Convoy SC42 [Paperback]

Bernard Edwards
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1 Mar 1995
"This convoy must not get through-U-boats pursue, attack and sink." This was the signal that Admiral Dönitz sent to the commanders of the 21 U-boats of the Markgraf wolf-pack on September 9, 1941 just before the United States entered the war. Sixty-three merchant ships; a number old and dilapidated and all slow and heavy-laden with vital supplies from the United States for the United Kingdom, were strung out in 12 columns abreast, covering 25 miles of inhospitable ocean. They set sail from Nova Scotia at a time when the German U-boats were sinking more than one hundred ships a month and the US Navy could do nothing but stand-by and watch-at least officially. "Around noon, the three US destroyers, Charles F. Hughes, Rus­sell and Sims, wheeled away and made off to the west at speed. The American ships had served their purpose, for although they had taken great pains not to be associated with SC42's official escort, the mere presence of these modern, powerful men-of-war had con­tributed to the withdrawal of the U-boats." The convoy's escort of one destroyer and three corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, all untried in combat, was hopelessly outclassed when the battle for SC42 commenced. The battle lasted for seven days and covered 1,200 miles of ocean. First hand accounts by participants on both sides add interest and drama. With 37 years at sea under his belt, Captain Bernard Edwards has over ten titles in print including SOS-Men Against the Sea, Blood & Bushido, Return of the Coffin Ships, and Salvo! A resident of Wales, Captain Edwards is close to the sea he writes about. His lifetime experience at sea enables him to add authentic touches and bring official reports to life.

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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Brick Tower Press; 2nd edition edition (1 Mar 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899694404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899694402
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 13.2 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,204,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Captain Bernard Edwards spent 37 years at sea with the Merchant Navy commanding ships trading worldwide. On retirement he settled in South West Wales to pursue his second career as a Naval historian. His knowledge of the sea and ships has enabled him to write a series of internationally recognised works. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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War is not really a very nice subject but when written about must be told as it really was. An extemely well set out document which makes it an easy read and not just a jumble of figures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars About the Book 12 April 2000
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"This convoy must not get through-U-boats pursue, attack and sink."
This was the signal that Admiral Dönitz sent to the commanders of the 21 U-boats of the Markgraf wolf-pack on September 9, 1941 just before the US entered the war. Sixty-three merchant ships; a number old and dilapidated and all slow and heavy-laden with vital supplies from the United States for the United Kingdom, were strung out in 12 columns abreast, covering 25 miles of inhospitable ocean. They set sail from Nova Scotia at a time when the German U-boats were sinking more than one hundred ships a month and the US Navy could do nothing but stand-by and watch (at least officially). The convoy's escort of one destroyer and three corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, all untried in combat, was hopelessly outclassed when the battle for SC42 commenced. The battle lasted for seven days and covered 1,200 miles of ocean.
First hand accounts by participants on both sides add interest and drama.
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5.0 out of 5 stars first class 16 April 2013
By none - Published on Amazon.com
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This book isn't good, it is great. Mr Edwards must have spent years finding all the information and facts that he has compiled
in this book. I have read many books on the battle of the Atlantic, and this one is the best. He gives you the names
displacement, speed, when the ship was built, her captain and sometimes other crew members. He gives you this
info in story format not tables or charts. It is the story of just one convoy, but it tells you everything you could want to
know about both sides. Hard to put this book down....
5.0 out of 5 stars A Comic Tragedy 2 Jan 2014
By Tony Marquise Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a detailed account of the German U-boat attack on Allied convoy SC 42 in September 1941. What is aparent from this history, and a very few others, is how poorly trained both the Canadian navy's and German's U-boats crews and commanders were. This book shows how one U-boat attack after another on the ships in this convoy was a total failure due to the poor training they had recieved. At the same time, the Canadian escorts were as totally lost on how to defend the merchant ships in this convoy-due in part to lack of training and ,in part, to poor equipment. The tragedy is the number of Allied merchant seamen and German U-boat crew who lost their lives due to the bad training they got. Very few histories tell this truth about this aspect of the Battle of the Atlantic and Bernard Edwards is to be commended for telling this story. Shame on both the German Navy and the Royal Navy for allowing this to happen. Highly recommended.
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