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The Naval War In The West: The Wolf Packs

By: Trevor Nevitt Dupuy (740/35951)
Publishers: Edmund Ward (Publishers) Ltd
(From the John Laffin Library)

In 1940, British warships were sinking an average of three or four U-boats a month, which were quickly replaced by German shipyards; while the U-boat ‘Wolf Packs’ lurking in the Atlantic sea-lanes were sinking three or four merchant ships each day, at more than six times the rate of new construction in Britain. In 1941, the U-boats sank more than twice as many ships as British and America combined could produce in that year. But two years later, Germany admitted that its submarine offensive had been a failure.

This is an account of how the British struck back from a seemingly desperate position, joined by America to turn the tide in the Battle of the Atlantic. Continuing Colonel Dupuy’s narrative in ‘The Raiders’, it covers PQ supply convoys to Russia, in terrible conditions and despite fearful losses, the defence of beleaguered Malta – ‘the unsinkable aircraft carrier’; the submarine raids on Saint-Nazaire and the Tripitz; the sinking of the Scharnhorst; the naval part in the D-Day invasion; and many other aspects of the vital and all-important sea role.

It is a sea epic of great courage and endurance, and a story of great importance in the history of modern times..

September 2008


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