Vat, Dan van der.


1st.ed., 1988. Xvii + 424 pp. 55 photo-plates, 4 maps + silhouette e.p’s. D.j. 24 x 16cm. FINE. (See the author’s companion title, below) A new assessment of the Battle of the Atlantic : the longest running campaign of the Second World War. The author begins with a look at the "first round" between 1914 and 1918. He examines the developments in submarine and anti-submarine warfare between the wars and explains how the Germans managed to secretly and illegally stay in the U-boat business long before Hitler came to power. He goes on to describe the various actions and operations out in the Atlantic between the Arctic and the Cape of Good Hope. He looks at every aspect of the battle afloat and ashore from radar to rationing ; tankers to torpedoes. A well-deserved tribute is paid to the Royal Canadian Navy, and the author argues that too much has been made of the ‘Ultra’ revelations in the 1970s. Illustrated with photographs and maps, this is an account of both the merchant and naval ships in the campaign. FINE copy.

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