Cover of: Turning the tide | Edward Offley

Turning the tide

how a small band of Allied sailors defeated the U-boats and won the Battle of the Atlantic

Published by Basic Books in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

The United States experienced its most harrowing military disaster of World War II not in 1941 at Pearl Harbor but in the period from 1942 to 1943, in Atlantic coastal waters from Newfoundland to the Caribbean. Sinking merchant ships with impunity, German U-boats threatened the lifeline between the United States and Britain, very nearly denying the Allies their springboard onto the European continent--a loss that would have effectively cost the Allies the war. Here, military journalist Ed Offley tells how, during a twelve-week period in the spring of 1943, a handful of battle-hardened American, British, and Canadian sailors turned the tide in the Atlantic. Using extensive archival research and interviews with key survivors, Offley places the reader at the heart of the most decisive maritime battle of World War II. - Publisher.

About the Edition

The United States experienced its most harrowing military disaster of World War II not in 1941 at Pearl Harbor but in the period from 1942 to 1943, in Atlantic coastal waters from Newfoundland to the Caribbean. Sinking merchant ships with impunity, German U-boats threatened the lifeline between the United States and Britain, very nearly denying the Allies their springboard onto the European continent--a loss that would have effectively cost the Allies the war. Here, military journalist Ed Offley tells how, during a twelve-week period in the spring of 1943, a handful of battle-hardened American, British, and Canadian sailors turned the tide in the Atlantic. Using extensive archival research and interviews with key survivors, Offley places the reader at the heart of the most decisive maritime battle of World War II.--From publisher description.

Table of Contents

Introduction : A fight in the dark
A city at war
The adversaries
Movement to contact
The U-boat
The sighting
The battle of St. Patrick's Day
The crisis
The allies fight back
The first skirmishes
The melee at 55 North 042 West
Battle in the fog
Defeat of the U-boats
Epilogue
Appendixes.
Critical convoy ships, March-May 1943
North Atlantic convoys at sea, March 1-May 24, 1943
German U-boats of World War II
Escort warships
Equivalent World War II naval officer ranks

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 452-459) and index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
940.54/293
Library of Congress
D770 .O36 2011

The Physical Object

Pagination
xxviii, 478 p.
Number of pages
478
Dimensions
25 x x centimeters

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL25001823M
Internet Archive
turningtidehowsm00offl
ISBN 10
046501397X, 0465023444
ISBN 13
9780465013975, 9780465023448
LC Control Number
2010048097
OCLC/WorldCat
657595557
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