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The Battle Of The Atlantic: The Allies' Submarine Fight Against Hitler's Gray Wolves Of The Sea

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A book by Andrew Williams

A rousing history of one of the most bitterly fought campaigns of World War II, as seen through the eyes of those who fought and survived. From 1939 until 1942, Hitler's U-boats--the submarine fleet dubbed the "gray wolves"--threatened to accomplish … see full wiki

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Author: Andrew Williams
Publisher: Basic Books
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Excellent, broad stroke recounting of the Battle of the Atlantic

  • May 18, 2010
Rating:
+5
Hitler could have won WWII. Unfortunately few Americans or Europeans alive today understand how closely run WWII was through 1943. A few different decisions by Hitler on the one hand and the Allies on the other and the world would look a lot different today.

One of the areas in which, fortunately, Hitler made mistakes was submarine warfare in the Atlantic. While Hitler generally supported the U-boat campaign, he did not give its leader Admiral Doenitz (Anglicized spelling) everything he wanted.

Instead - to the lasting good fortune of the British and then the Americans as well - Doenitz went to war with relatively few U-boats which were phenomenally successful in sinking Allied ships and threatening Britain's lifeline to its Empire, Commonwealth and the United States. Initially the Germans were well prepared and well equipped while the British Admiralty was slow in understanding the enemy.

With time, conditions changed and the Allies, as is well known, learned and conquered.

But for some time, the issue was in doubt: if Hitler had given Doenitz more of what he wanted early in the war, Britain might have been forced to surrender.

Author Andrew Williams wrote this treatment in support of a BBC TV program on the same subject. It is not intended to be a scholarly history and, in fact, it leaves many areas untouched or at least under-explored.

But it is an excellent read and highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn more about this critical battle, but doesn't want to become bogged down in endless detail.

Jerry

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