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
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
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
Category: Military history
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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 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
Erinnerungen 1935 - 1945
Author: Karl Dönitz
Category: World War, 1939-1945
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
The corvettes, immortalized in Nicholas Monsarrat's The Cruel Sea, became the backbone of the Battle of the Atlantic, bearing the brunt of the long campaign. They were simple ships, with very basic equipment and accomodation. Nevertheless, they proved to be excellent seaboats, surviving the mountainous seas of the mid-Atlantic. They had, however, a very lively motion which is still vividly remembered by all who served in them. The corvette crews were close-knit companies who often served together for long periods and the comradeship forged in such harsh conditions has survived to this day.
The Corvettes and Their Crews : An Oral History
Author: Chris Howard Bailey
Publisher: US Naval Institute Press
die deutschen Marinestützpunkte in Frankreich 1940-1945
Author: Lars Hellwinkel
Publisher: Ch. Links Verlag
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
In the first eight months of 1942, German submarines sank nearly 400 Allied freighters and tankers along the U.S. Atlantic coast with a loss of more than 5,000 merchant seamen and sailors--twice the number of fatalities at Pearl Harbor. This book helps readers understand the complexities of the long Battle of the Atlantic by examining those disastrous early days of war and following the U-boats into action. The book traces the voyages of five U-boats to their destinations as they sink twenty-five ships unmolested by the U.S. Navy, which failed to follow through on British intelligence warnings. It also provides a compilation of personal stories from crewmen and officers of U-123 and from the Allied sailors and merchant seamen cast adrift in lifeboats by the U-boat's torpedoes. A bestseller when first published in 1990, it is now back in print as a trade paperback.
The Dramatic True Story of Germany's First U-boat Attacks Along the American Coast in World War II
Author: Michael Gannon
Publisher: Naval Inst Press