Churchill’s Greatest Fear

The Battle of the Atlantic - 3 September 1939 to 7 May 1945

Richard Doherty

Date Published :
February 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
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ISBN : 9781473834002
Pages : 320
Dimensions : 9.21 X 6.14 inches
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The Battle of the Atlantic (Churchill’s term) was arguably the pivotal campaign of the Second World War – it was certainly the longest starting with the sinking of RMS Athenia on 3 September 1939 and ending with the torpedoing of SS Avon Dale on 7 May 1945.

This superbly researched work covers all the major aspects of The Battle, balancing the initial advantages of Admiral Doenitz’s U-Boat force, the introduction of the convoy system, the role of the opposing surface fleets and air forces, relative strengths and the all important technical developments. Intelligence particularly the Bletchley Park intercepts played an increasingly important part in the final outcome.

The author concludes that May 1943 was the moment when the Allies seized the initiative and, despite desperate German efforts, never lost their advantage.

Using official records, personal accounts and a wealth of historical research, this work gives the reader a splendidly concise yet broad account of the course of the campaign, the men who fought it on both sides and the critical moments and analysis of the outcome.

About The Author

Richard Doherty is recognised as Ireland’s leading military history author with 18 published works to his credit. Those in print with Pen and Sword include The Thin Green Line – The History of the RUC GC, In the Ranks of Death, Helmand Mission, British Armoured Divisions and Their Commanders, He has also worked on TV historical series including The Sons of Ulster and The Siege Chronicles and is in demand as a speaker and lecturer. He lives in County Londonderry.

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