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Bloody Winter Mass Market Paperback – Aug 1986


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Jove Pubns; Revised edition (Aug 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515086746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515086744
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Lloyd on 11 Nov 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Highly recommended. A very readable account of convoy actions during the crisis and turning point in the Atlantic U-Boat war of WWII. The author is a US Coast Guard officer who served on the Cutter Ingham on several of these convoys. The book focuses on convoys escorted by one or more of the Coast Guard cutters. These cutters belonged to US or mixed nationality escort groups, often operating out of Iceland to reinforce convoy escorts in the mid Atlantic. The book starts with convoy SC107 in October 1942 and concludes with ONS5 in May 1943.

The great strength of the book are the author's vivid first hand accounts. These include the cold fear and tension of being a passenger on a merchant ship in a convoy passing through U-Boat infested waters (the ship Gemini in convoy SC107). They also include the tragic scenes when the cutter Ingham rescued the surviviors of the troopship Mallory at night from frigid and stormy seas (in convoy SC118). (During the rescue the author commanded a rescue boat lowered into towering seas and later jumped from the ship into the water to rescue the remaining survivors.) Also memorable are the descriptions of keeping watch on the bridge of a Coast Guard Cutter in a convoy at night and weathering Atlantic hurricanes.

The book weaves these vivid accounts into a fine history which brings together the experiences of individual ships with the command perspective of the allies and the Germans. Being a professional officer in the American Coast Guard the author is uniquely placed to offer an assessment of each of the nations and services at this critical time in the Atlantic war; the USN, the RN, the Canadians and the Kreigsmarine. The assessments are frank and balanced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J Close on 8 April 2013
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The book matched my expectations. Covered the topic clearly and concisely. The book is well laid out. Would recommend it to others.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Excellent World War II Atlantic Convoy Action 6 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of those rare cases where a person involved in the action was able to write about it in a historically-correct and action-packed manner. Capt. Waters, in this book published by the Naval Institute Press in Annapolis, covers in great detail a number of the Allied North Atlantic convoys which were under constant ferocious attack by German U-boat wolf packs in 1942/1943, and which resulted in initial heavy losses of American/British cargo ships, right on through 1943/1944 when the situation was reversed and German U-boat losses rose to such a substantial level that they were withdrawn from the area. Capt. Waters is quite thorough in describing all facets of the struggle: how convoys were put together, how they were to be protected by escorts, the shortage of escorts, the massive sinking of cargo ships, frustration in watching ships go down, which countries supplied what effort and so on. Capt. Waters provides interesting accounts of sinkings, rescues, prisoners, storm damage, people, a number of "little things" that keeps the account at a personal, exciting and imagistic level. - This book is quite good and worth "five stars." In addition, Capt. Waters gives us several "freebies" or appendices: one is on Ultra, another is on German U-boat aces, another is on the weapons used, another is convoy protection by aircraft. Highly recommended as fast moving, highly informative wartime narrative.
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Extraordinary 16 Aug 2014
By captiii - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am so glad that John Waters took the time to research and write this book. It is extraordinary, accurately capturing in vivid detail the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II. This is a perspective from both the Allied convoy escort ships and the German submarines that were bent on stopping the flow of material from North America to Britain and Russia.
As a historical document it is filled with primary source material that has been woven into an accurate true story that makes you feel as if you are actually there experiencing the action as it is described. This is possible because not only did the author thoroughly research the subject using war records, ships logs, and personal interviews he also had first hand experience.
I had the pleasure of meeting the author, John Waters, in the early 1990's and corresponded for a brief period. There is a transcript of an oral history he provided which is well worth reading at the following site http://fcgh.org/wp-content/orals/John_Muddy_Waters.pdf .
I highly recommend this book.
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A meaningful book for me. 10 Feb 2013
By Bowker - Published on Amazon.com
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I have'nt finished reading it yet but I am enjoying it for a very personal reason, my dad served aboard the Campbell during the time this book describes. Thank you for the fine service.
An excellent history and a riveting read 21 Oct 2014
By Mark Wuschke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
An excellent history and a riveting read. Tells the story of the great U-boat battles over a six month period 1942-43. Based on records and interviews both Allied and German sources. Author shows respect for sailers of all nations who fought in the most miserable conditions, when a cold watery death was just a torpedo or depth charge away. Pleased to see the Germans referred to as "Germans" and not "Nazis" or "Huns" for a change.
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