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The Battle Of The Atlantic [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Williams
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From 1939 until 1942, Hitler's U-boats - his 'grey wolves' - threatened to accomplish what his air force had hitherto been unable to achieve: to starve Britain into submission. The struggle for control of the Atlantic was to become the longest, and one of the most bitterly fought campaigns of World War II. For Winston Churchill it was 'the only thing that ever really frightened me during the war'. During the course of five bloody and uncertain years, Britain and her Allies lost more than fifty thousand seamen and fifteen million tons of shipping protecting this lifeline. In 'The Battle of the Atlantic', Andrew Williams vividly describes this intense and strategically vital campaign in the fight for Allied victory. ' excellent book.' Sunday Express

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"Excellent" (Sunday Express)

About the Author

Andrew Williams is a writer and producer for the BBC. He has produced such internationally acclaimed programs as "A Journey Home," a documentary on the famine in Somalia, as well as the Emmy-nominated "War Crime: Five Days in Hell," an investigation into war crimes in the former Yugoslavia, and "Provos: The IRA and Sinn Fein." He lives in London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2523 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0563488638
  • Publisher: BBC Digital; New Ed edition (15 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C05540
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,947 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Andrew worked as a newspaper journalist, then as a senior producer on BBC Television's flagship current affairs programmes, Panorama and Newsnight, covering the major stories of the day. In 1997 he moved to BBC Documentaries and spent the next eleven years writing and directing television documentaries and drama documentaries for the BBC and international co-producers, including the award winning series, 'The Battle of the Atlantic'. He has written two best selling histories of the Second World War; 'The Battle of the Atlantic', and 'D-Day to Berlin'. His first novel, 'The Interrogator', was shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Thriller of the Year Award and the Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award, and it was The Daily Mail's debut thriller of 2009. His second, 'To Kill A Tsar', was one of The Daily Mail's thrillers of 2010 and was shortlisted for The Scott Prize for Historical Fiction and the Ellis Peters Award. 'The Poison Tide' was the first in a trilogy of Secret Service novels that take place during World War 1. The second, 'The Suicide Club', is a spy story set at British HQ in France and behind enemy lines in Belgium. The Daily Mail has described him as belonging to 'the front rank of the new English thriller writers'. For background to his books and more on the author, visit: You can follow and discuss the books with Andrew on Facebook

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Battle of the Atlantic 16 July 2002
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This book was an eye-opener for me. The background detail on the building and shaping of the U-boat arm was fascinating, demonstrating what a model of good leadership and strategy it was. I found the descriptions of the survivors very moving; the horror of floating in the middle of an ocean in a small lifeboat is something that had not occurred to me before. Apart from the human testimony (always interesting), the book is a gripping tale of desperation and triumph on both sides, which was hard to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot about a campaign which has had much less visibility than the land war.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of Atlantic campaign, 1939-1944 8 Jun. 2011
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The book gives an overview of the Battle of the Atlantic from 1939 to its height in 1941-42, plus the slowly emerging Allied victory in 1943-44. It mixes the stratgic overview with personal views from sailors, propaganda men and Navy people, from lower ranks to admirals. Technical developments are treated briefly, as much as they have bearing on the battle itself.

My opinion: based mostly on existing research, but with added personal interviews with participants, this is an excellent introduction overview of the Battle of the Atlantic. Of course 300 pages is on the short side for the longest-running battle of the war, but that just makes it a good introduction, and there is interesting material for people who have read more about it, too. From the densely packed life on a U-boat to the hectic life on an escort in Mid-Atlantic, from the pens of Lorient to the Admiral at Liverpool to the survivor adrift on a raft, this covers a lot in its pages! For further reading I'd recommend Middlebrook's Convoy (on the climactic battle around SC122 and HX229), or the Costello and Blair books cited in the references. 4 1/2 stars!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the TV series 20 Mar. 2007
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This is better than the TV series, which was itself very good. 'Battle of the Atlantic' covers the history and the evolution of technology and tactics used by both sides in the convoy war in the Atlantic. Personal accounts are used to add detail and realism but not at the expense of the wider picture. I particularly liked the inclusion of diagrams explaining convoy formations.

I had purchased this initially because it was very reasonably priced, with few expectations. To my delight it turned out to be very well written and entertaining. I have not read other books on the subject, but do read a lot of history books and I would be surprised to learn if any of the others were as good as this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a very good read 5 April 2014
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Having seen and read other peoples comments on this book based on true stories of the second world war, I wasn't disappointed and I found it very gripping reading of what the sailors and seamen had to go through as well as all the dangers of sailing in ships with little or no protection ,in running the gauntlet bringing food and supplies to England and to which
to which these brave seamen put their lives on the line bringing food and materials to Britain,
and sadly many of these brave seamen never survived to see the end on the second world war.

this book is a real insight to seamen and sailors ,and of conditions and dangers that they faced on a daily basis, at that time,
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 14 Mar. 2012
By Hussar
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I genuinely loved reading this book. It covers so many disparate parts of the whole battle and manages to weave them together to make one very readable tapestry.

The technical aspects are dealt with through the right amount of detail without becoming too specialist and the human stories back this up very well.

The sheer horror of actually doing the fighting will shock a few of the readers as will the numbers involved - firstly the sinking of merchantmen and latterly the massacre of the U-boats that took place. The numbers are a genuine eye-opener.

It's also the simple aspects that I like, for instance, how hard can it be to cook a meal on a Corvette on escort duty? The testimony is there to give you the answer.

This is a good book, no doubt.
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By Miquel
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I had read plenty of books about WW2 but little about the war at sea, so I picked up this book. I think this was a good choice because it provides a great overview of the battle of the Atlantic, during the first half of the war. The war at sea is often overlooked but it is actually the closest Germany came to winning in the West before America entered the war. Most of the book focuses on u-boat operations, as this was the most strategically important part of the war at sea. The book is well documented but, at the same time, the non-expert reader won't get lost in technicalities. Highly readable and good personal descriptions of the key commanders that fought this battle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 13 Mar. 2013
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I have yet to find a more complete and absorbing history of the Battle of the Atlantic, and I cannot praise it too highly. If there is a shadow of a doubt, and this is purely personal, at times I found the description of individual U-boat tactics so detailed that they tended to overshadow the main story, and I would have liked more explanation of how the British and the Germans managed to break into each other's secret codes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 28 Jun. 2013
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For someone how only knew about ww2 mainly through films and a little bit of history at school this was an education. The one fact that stood out for me was that subs only attacked with torpedo's while on the surface, not like the movies at all. Unbelievable number of lives lost on both sides and the tonnage of ships and cargo was something I never would have known about only for this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book. well detailed
A good book.well detailed,but in parts drifted away from the Battle.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Jane Roe
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, interesting, well written and well worth a ...
Informative, interesting, well written and well worth a read.
Published 2 months ago by William Waldron
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Was bought for my husband and he really enjoyed this book
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. D. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Excellent account of the Battle of the Atlantic. Easy to read, and gripping narrative with good first hand accounts of the scenes.
Published 9 months ago by jpublic
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly interesting facrtual account of the Battle of the...
This remarakable book provides a factually correct blow by blow account of this aspect of WW2. It achieves this by looking at both sides of the conflict. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Graham Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Excellent Book very descriptive and interesting.
Published 12 months ago by Shropshire Lass
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
its fine
Published 13 months ago by Christopher M. Wells
4.0 out of 5 stars Good use of Memoirs
This book provided a really informative and good overview of the Battle of the Atlantic and its overall importance to the outcome of World War II. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Nico
3.0 out of 5 stars Atlantic convoys
This book was far to much about the German U boats, l was looking for a book that related to the actual convoys and inparticular about the escort Royal Naval ships, aircraft... Read more
Published 19 months ago by TREVOR W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent history
Thus is the most informative and interesting book I have read about the little realised Atlantic war, quite excellent a must read fir all interested in military history
Published 24 months ago by Jeremy Herrtage
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