Allied Convoy System 1939-1945 Hardcover – 1 Aug 2000
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However, sitxy years after this remarkable battle began, and with its partcipants now passing away in ever increasing numbers, there is a danger the details and tactics which won the day will pass from memory. That is why this book fills such an important niche, because the development and operations of Allied convoys has never been so well described.
A retired naval officer and longtime researcher on the staff of the Historical Section of the Ministry of Defence, Arnold Hague has assembled what is probably the largest collection of convoy records in existence and from these he has written the most comprehensive and detailed history presently available. This wide-ranging work not only explains how the convoy system was organized how it was protected, but also contains descriptions and illustrations of escorts, escort oilers, rescue ships, salvage tugs, and escort aircraft carriers, as well as describing the tactics and weapons of the U-boat war.
Of most interest to the researcher is the huge appendix, which lists every North Atlantic-related convoy, with sailing and arrival dates, points of departure and arrival, number of vessels involved and number lost.
This remarkable reference book fills a significant gap in the literature of the Second World War and is an essential work for anyone interested in learning how WW2 was one by victory in this vital battle.
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It is a technical reference source, not lending itself to an easy Sunday afternoon read, but very useful for specific details rather than eloquent narrative. Included are definitions of the multi-various acronyms found in navalspeak, punctuated definitions, codes, and a short history of the strategic and tactical development of the convoy system, from Julius Caesar's expeditionary fleet through the years leading up to the Second World War. In addition, chapters one and three also cover convoy composition, command and control both in home waters, at sea and abroad. Several chapters are devoted to specific types of ships vital to convoy security and safety, naval intelligence, and enemy dangers such as submarines and aircraft. Throughout are scattered photographs of ships, aircraft and their weapons, captioned by extensive and informative narrative, as well as comprehensive lists of convoys, primarily in the European Theatre, including departure dates, arrival dates, cross-indexed casualties, origins and destinations. Chapter seventeen is devoted exclusively to personnel losses. This text is the kind of summary which might be submitted to the Admiralty by a staff intelligence officer completing an after-action report for several campaigns simultaneously. For the serious student of naval history, this is a must-have.
Multiple photographs illustrate ship configurations, weaponry, and sensors.
Tables in the back list every convoy and the losses it sustained.
For a one book reference on the "other side" of the U-boat war, this book is a must have.
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