U-Boats Beyond Biscay

Dönitz Looks to New Horizons

Bernard Edwards

Date Published :
July 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
8 pages of black and white plates
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ISBN : 9781473896055
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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On the outbreak of war in 1939 Admiral Donitzs U-boat flotillas consisted of some thirty U-boats fully operational, with only six to eight at sea at any one time. Their activities were restricted mainly to the North Sea and British coastal waters.

When France fell in the summer of 1940, the ports in the Bay of Biscay gave direct access to the Atlantic, and the ability to extend their reach even to. The Royal Navy was unable to escort convoys much beyond the Western Approaches. In a short time, the Allies were losing 500,000 tons of shipping a month, every month.

Donitz now looked over the far horizons, America's Eastern Seaboard, the coasts of Africa, and the Mediterranean, where Allied merchantmen habitually sailed alone and unprotected. There was a rich harvest to be gathered in by the long range U-boats, the silent hunter-killers, mostly operating alone. This book tells their story.

About The Author

Bernard Edwards is one of the most popular and prolific authors and is well established as a front rank naval historian. His many titles include The Quiet Heroes, Twilight of the U-Boat, Japan’s Blitzkrieg and, most recently, The Cruel Sea Retold.

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