The Battle Of The Atlantic: The Allies' Submarine Fight Against Hitler's Gray Wolves of the Sea Paperback – 25 Feb 2004
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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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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!
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,
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.
Williams also describes the tactics and training of the two sides, especially the ineffective tactics of the escorts at the beginning of the war and the very effective tactics which were developed later, aided by significant advances in technology such as radar and High-Frequency Direction-Finding. He contrasts the over-simple organisation by which Donitz ran the U-boats with the highly developed Western Approaches Command run by Admirals Noble and Horton.
The book concentrates entirely on the Atlantic U-boat campaign; very little is said about German surface warships and merchant raiders, or about the Arctic convoys or U-boats in the Mediterranean and elsewhere.
The book is a good read and gives a satisfactory overview of this campaign, the longest of the war, lasting from 3 September 1939 to VE Day, and the one that Britain had to win or be reduced to starvation and to be forced into making peace with Germany.
The paperback edition is made from Forest Stewardship Council certified paper, which is laudable, but the reproduction of photographs on this paper is pretty awful; hence only four stars.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There is not a page of this book that is other than fascinating. Providing the reader with vivid testimony of those who fought this terrible battle, At a time when the Nazi high... Read morePublished 3 months ago by weltonian
I can't really remember how i came across this book, but when I started to read it, i just could not put it down! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tommy D.
A good book.well detailed,but in parts drifted away from the Battle.Published 11 months ago by Mrs Jane Roe
Informative, interesting, well written and well worth a read.Published 11 months ago by William Waldron
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