We had been in a war, in a world war; we had been soldiers, and we had to do our duty. This book answers those questions and many others. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Gannon says he's going to focus on several key convoy battles to illustrate how May 1943 was really bad for German U-boats, and he does that, but his background information was more interesting to read about in my opinion. The first sinking had come on the evening of 4 March while U- 515 was northwest of the Azores. First Edition stated on back of title page. Pages and cover are clean and intact.
The publisher should be ashamed to release an e-book in this condition. I still have to give the book 5 stars though because it is a thrilling ride through that eponymous month when the Battle of the Atlantic took a decisive turn in favor of the Allies. What a well-told story thhis is and from so many viewpoints. When, at last, U-515 succumbed to U. Covers are intact but may be repaired. Would he now commit all his boats in one last throw of the dice? Throughout, Gannon tells the Black May story from both the German and Allied perspectives, often using the actual words of captains and crews. Which is unfortunate because this was great period in the Battle for the Atlantic.
In Black May, noted historian Michael Gannon focuses on that single month to provide the first detailed account of the destruction wrought on the largest submarine fleet ever assembled in the Atlantic. He also served as Director of in from 1962-1967. Bookseller: , New Jersey, United States U. Sinkings of merchant ships declined for another reason as well, namely the larger number and effect of Allied convoy escorts, both surface and air, that Britain was able to deploy at sea in this month. By clutching a diesel to a dynamotor, which served as a generator, the batteries could be recharged, but that lengthy procedure required that the boat surface.
Submerged, it could make 7. Most of the U-boats were ordered to form patrol lines across the expected routes of warship-guarded transatlantic convoys of freighters and tankers that sailed between North America and the British Isles. It is particularly effective in its communication of the relentless and exhausting - and indeed nightmare - nature of the fighting. ² The California Star, which carried general cargo as well as food, was a motor ship of British registry. Bookseller: , Washington, United States HarperCollins Publishers, 1998. In May 1943, Allied sea and air forces won a stunning, dramatic, and vital victory over the largest and most powerful submarine force ever sent to sea, sinking forty-one German U-boats and damaging thirty-seven others. It's because of this attention to detail and obvious hard work that I would feel guilty giving a lower rating.
Committee, the First Sea Lord, Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound, spoke with cautious optimism about anti-U-boat prospects in the months immediately ahead. Bookseller: , Washington, United States HarperCollins. Additional stowage was provided by six containers under wood slats between the pressure hull and the upper deck casing, but by 1943 U-boats rarely used them because of the length of time it required the crew to winch a torpedo down the open forward hatch, a period during which the boat was critically vulnerable. There's a lot of information here, although the text itself reads somewhat like a doctoral dissertation. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less.
Its destiny was to tear a hole in that hull, causing the ship to sink. Rarely, if ever, has the U-boat war been presented so accurately, so graphically, and so personally as in Black May. After a year of terrorizing ships off the coast of the Acclaimed historian Michael Gannon, author of Operation Drumbeat, has done Throughout, Gannon tells the Black May story from both the German and Allied perspectives, often using the actual words of captains and crews. It gets a few things right - the footnotes are at the end of the chapters, not intermixed with the text; the endnotes are properly hyperlinked; and the chapter with text transcripts mostly gets the layout right. Throughout, Gannon tells the Black May story from both the German and Allied perspectives, often using the actual words of captains and crews.
Drawing on original documents in German, British, U. He is no longer capable of attack but feels universally hunted and persecuted. The Allies had the short end of the stick until May 1943. After finally getting through it, I'm wishing I could give it 3. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp s. This book answers those questions and many others. The Germans arrayed their largest force to date against this convoy and the battle raged on for days in all sorts of weather.
In this follow up to Operation Drumbeat, Michael Gannon takes us back to the Battle of the Atlantic, and specifically to the war fought between the German U-boats and the Allied convoys in the tumultuous waters of the North Atlantic. Possible ex library copy, thatâll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. In any event, the stage was set in April for a decisive collision of the forces at sea, when Whitehall expected that, once refitted in Biscay bases from their exertions of March, the U-boats would return to the convoy lanes with even greater strength than that seen in the month before. It presented a sharp-edged stem at the bow, a rounded hull, a flat upper deck bisected by a superstructure, in this case a conning tower, and a stern. In December it was 139. The Germans arrayed their largest force to date against this convoy and the battle raged on for days in all sorts of weather. Diameter of the G7a was 53.
This Battle started on the outbreak of hostilities and there would be no let up in the struggle against the U boats until the final surrender. ¹ German radio broadcasts called the engagement the greatest convoy battle of all time, based on the number and tonnage of ships claimed as sunk for the loss of only one attacker U-384. The outer steel casing visible to the eye, which also enclosed the fuel bunkers and the ballast tanks, made the hull more efficient for surface travel. Focuses on a number of interesting characters and events while describing the broader story. It was the largest number assembled at sea to that date in the war, I May 1943. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp s. He trained for the priesthood at the American College of the in.
He was appointed Distinguished Service Professor of History by the University in 1992. Bookseller: , Illinois, United States. It gets a few things right - the footnotes are at the end of the chapters, not intermixed with the text; the endnotes are properly hyperlinked; and the chapter with text transcripts mostly gets the layout right. Were new Allied tactics adopted or new weapons employed? Surfaced keel depth was 4. I would like to say yes and no, because a lot of good friends of ours had gone down and had been lost. Power was supplied by sixty tons of storage battery arrays distributed under the interior deck plates. What a well-told story thhis is and from so many viewpoints.