For the British, the Battle of the Atlantic was a fight for survival. They depended on 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, and they had to export manufactured goods to pay for it all. So Britain's merchant navy, a disparate collection of private vessels, became the country's lifeline, while its seamen, officially non-combatants, bravely endured the onslaught of the German U-boat offensive until Allied superiority overwhelmed the enemy.??In this important, moving and exciting book, drawing extensively on first-hand sources, the acclaimed maritime historian Richard Woodman establishes the importance of the British and Allied merchant fleets in the struggle against Germany and elevates the heroic seamen who manned them to their rightful place in the history of the Second World War.
The Merchant Navy in the Battle of the Atlantic 1939-1943
Author: Richard Woodman
Publisher: Pen and Sword
The Sea Warriors is the true story of the great frigate captains of the Nelsonic Royal Navy who spent long and arduous years away from their homes fighting for king and country, to win and hold control of the seas.?Richard Woodman skilfully dissects the events of the war years, focussing on the cruiser war, that war between opposing frigates which entailed the blockade of enemy ports, the interception of enemy trade and the protection of Britain's merchant ships. The whole magnificent sweep of this great struggle is set against its political background of the Napoleonic wars and the sea war with America.?With this narrative come an extraordinary array of young, daring and hugely skilled frigate captains whose ability to grasp the chances offered by war made them household names in this savage age. Some, like Warren, Pellew, Cochrane and Collingwood, are still renowned; others are here rescued from under the shadow of Nelson as the author recounts their brave and brilliant exploits. rnAs well as the thrilling accounts of sea battles and single-ship actions, the author describes the darker side to life at sea Ð the constant danger and harsh discipline, the wearying monotony of sea-keeping, the scourges of disease and the occasional outbreaks of mutiny. All this is brought together in a stirring narrative by one of the country's finest naval writers.
Fighting Captains and Frigate Warfare in the Age of Nelson
Author: Richard Woodman
Publisher: Seaforth Publishing
Eye-opening and compelling, the overlooked world of freight shipping, revealed as the foundation of our civilization On ship-tracking websites, the waters are black with dots. Each dot is a ship; each ship is laden with boxes; each box is laden with goods. In postindustrial economies, we no longer produce but buy. We buy, so we must ship. Without shipping there would be no clothes, food, paper, or fuel. Without all those dots, the world would not work. Freight shipping has been no less revolutionary than the printing press or the Internet, yet it is all but invisible. Away from public scrutiny, shipping revels in suspect practices, dubious operators, and a shady system of "flags of convenience." Infesting our waters, poisoning our air, and a prime culprit of acoustic pollution, shipping is environmentally indefensible. And then there are the pirates. Rose George, acclaimed chronicler of what we would rather ignore, sails from Rotterdam to Suez to Singapore on ships the length of football fields and the height of Niagara Falls; she patrols the Indian Ocean with an anti-piracy task force; she joins seafaring chaplains, and investigates the harm that ships inflict on endangered whales. Sharply informative and entertaining, Ninety Percent of Everything reveals the workings and perils of an unseen world that holds the key to our economy, our environment, and our very civilization.
Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate
Author: Rose George
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
Category: Social Science
A Companion to World War II brings together a series offresh academic perspectives on World War II, exploring the manycultural, social, and political contexts of the war. Essay topicsrange from American anti-Semitism to the experiences ofFrench-African soldiers, providing nearly 60 new contributions tothe genre arranged across two comprehensive volumes. A collection of original historiographic essays that includecutting-edge research Analyzes the roles of neutral nations during the war Examines the war from the bottom up through the experiences ofdifferent social classes Covers the causes, key battles, and consequences of thewar
Author: Thomas W. Zeiler,Daniel M. DuBois
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Military history
The part played in the Cold War by the Royal Navy's submarines still retains a great degree of mystery and, in the traditions of the 'Silent Service,' remains largely shrouded in secrecy. Cold War Command brings us as close as is possible to the realities of commanding nuclear hunter-killer submarines, routinely tasked to hunt out and covertly follow Soviet submarines in order to destroy them should there be any outbreak of hostilities. ??Dan Conley takes the reader through his early career in diesel submarines, prior to his transition to the complex and very demanding three-dimensional world of operating nuclear submarines; he describes the Royal Navy's shortcomings in ship and weapons procurement and delivers many insights into the procurement failures which led to the effective bankrupting of the Defence budget in the first decade of the 21st century. In command of the hunter killer submarines Courageous and Valient in the 1980s, he achieved exceptional success against Soviet submarines at the height of the Cold War. He was also involved in the initial deployment of the Trident nuclear weapon system, and divulges hitherto un-revealed facets of nuclear weapons strategy and policy during this period.??This gripping read takes you onboard a nuclear submarine and into the depths of the ocean, and relays the excitement and apprehensions experienced by British submariners confronted by a massive Soviet Navy.??As featured on White Horse News and in the Bath Chronicle.
The Dramatic Story of a Nuclear Submariner
Author: Dan Conley,Richard Woodman
Publisher: Seaforth Publishing
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British Commonwealth and International War Graves in Ireland Since 1914
Author: Fergus A. D'Arcy
Publisher: Stationery Office Books (TSO)
The 27th volume of this perennially acclaimed annual maintains the well-established high standards of original research articles, interesting and unusual photographs and drawings, news, reviews and much else from the world of warship history. Included in this volume is 'Daring to Devonshire', George Moore's examination of British post-war destroyer construction, Keith McBride's look at the Nelson and Agamemnon battleships, the third part of Iain McCallum's trilogy on British shell defects, and original research on British torpedo boats by D K Brown. The section at the end of the main feature articles, entitled 'Warship Notes', is devoted to the fascinating backwaters of warship history, whilst the 'Naval Year in Review' is a summary of the important events and developments that have taken place in the preceding year. 'Reviews' includes coverage of all the significant books, websites and on naval history to have appeared in the previous year and represents one of the few places where such a comprehensive service can be found. A first class collection by world authorities which maintains the high standards of the series Original, historical articles based on primary research Rare and unusual photographs and diagrams A much-anticipated major contribution to naval scholarship
Author: Antony Preston,John Jordan,Stephen Dent
Publisher: Conway Maritime Pr
Irelandâ??s Second World War frontline troops were the men of the Coast Watching Service. From 1939-45 they maintained a continuous watch along the Irish shoreline, reporting all incidents in the seas and skies to Military Intelligence (G2). They had a vital influence on the development of Irelandâ??s pro-Allied neutrality and on the defence of Ireland during â??The Emergencyâ??, as through their reports G2 assessed the direction of the Battle of the Atlantic off Ireland and reported belligerent threats to the state upwards to the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, to the Cabinet and Taoiseach and Minister for External Affairs Eamon de Valera. Using unique Irish military sources and newly available British and American material, the history of the coastwatchers and G2 combines to tell the history of the Second World War as it happened locally along the coast of Ireland and at national and international levels in Dublin, London, Berlin and Washington. Of particular importance, the study reveals in the greatest detail yet available the secret relationship between Irish military and diplomats and British Admiralty Intelligence, showing how coast watching service reports were passed on to the RAF and Royal Navy Britain in the hunt for German u-boats and aircraft in the Atlantic.
The Coast Watching Service and Military Intelligence, 1939-1945
Author: Michael J. Kennedy
Publisher: Four Courts PressLtd
Keine militärische Auseinandersetzung hat das 20. Jahrhundert so geprägt wie der Zweite Weltkrieg. Welche Ziele verfolgten die einzelnen Kriegsparteien? Wie kam es dazu, dass sich der Krieg über die ganze Welt ausbreiten konnte? John Keegan schildert die Ereignisse dieser Jahre auf ebenso faszinierende wie beklemmende Weise: vom «Blitzkrieg» und dem Russlandfeldzug bis zu Pearl Harbor und den Schlachten im Pazifik; von der Landung in der Normandie bis zum Kampf um Berlin und dem Abwurf der Atombomben über Hiroshima und Nagasaki. Und er beschreibt, wie politisches Kalkül, technische Neuerungen und taktische Erwägungen den Kriegsverlauf entscheidend prägten – ein Standardwerk.
Author: John Keegan
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
During the Second World War the Royal Canadian Navy expanded from a tiny service of 10 ships in 1939 to become the third largest Allied navy by 1945. Its primary role was convoy escort in the North Atlantic to keep open the vital lifeline carrying supplies to Britain. In small, ill-equipped ships, most notably the famous corvettes, the RCN battled U-boats and dreadful weather in a role that has often gone unheralded in many histories. This book was commissioned by the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust to commemorate the 60th anniversay of the Battle of the Atlantic. Written and complied by Donald E. Graves, it includes not only the author's text but many excerpts from the recollections of those who took part... Canadian, German, sailors, civilians. The book is generously illustrated with photographs as well as drawing, maps and diagrams that explain the intricacies of anti-submarine warfare in World War II.
the Royal Canadian Navy and the Battle of the Atlantic
Author: Donald E. Graves,L. B. Jenson,Canadian Naval Memorial Trust,Christopher Johnson
Publisher: Robin Brass Studio
the 50th anniversary International Naval Conference
Author: Stephen Howarth
Publisher: Naval Inst Pr
die deutschen Marinestützpunkte in Frankreich 1940-1945
Author: Lars Hellwinkel
Publisher: Ch. Links Verlag
Erinnerungen 1935 - 1945
Author: Karl Dönitz
Category: World War, 1939-1945