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The Real Cruel Sea: The Merchant Navy in the Battle of the Atlantic 1939-1943 Richard Woodman

The Real Cruel Sea: The Merchant Navy in the Battle of the Atlantic 1939-1943

Richard Woodman

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ISBN : 9780719564031
Hardcover
16 pages
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For the British, the Battle of the Atlantic was a fight for survival, as they depended the safe transit of hundreds of convoys of merchant ships laden with food, raw materials and munitions from America to feed the country and to keep the war effortMoreFor the British, the Battle of the Atlantic was a fight for survival, as they depended the safe transit of hundreds of convoys of merchant ships laden with food, raw materials and munitions from America to feed the country and to keep the war effort going. The ultimate success of these convoys is much more than the triumph of one sides naval technology over the other, or of the revelations of the enemys encoded orders assiduously teased out by the brilliant young decrypters at Bletchley Park- it is more too than the simple assertion that victory went to the Allies because they built more ships and therefore shipped more cargoes than the Germans could sink. A national decline had left Great Britain desperately vulnerable in 1939, when she had to mobilise her civilian ships and revive the notion of a merchant navy. It was this disparate collection of private vessels which endured the onslaught of the German U-boat offensive until Allied superiority overwhelmed the enemy.