Download U-boats vs destroyer escorts: the Battle of the Atlantic by Gordon Williamson PDF

By Gordon Williamson

"Winston Churchill claimed the 'U-boat peril' was once the one factor that worried him in the course of international warfare II. The U-boat was once constructed from a small coastal vessel right into a cutting-edge killer, stalking the excessive seas identifying off service provider convoys, until eventually the creation of the Destroyer Escort and different really expert escort vessels, and the advance of committed anti-submarine strategies supplied a method of defence and

"Gordon Williamson describes the layout and improvement of those lethal rivals, their strategies, strengths and weaknesses, weaponry and coaching. He presents an perception into the lives of the Royal army, usa military and Wolfpack crews as they performed their lethal video games of cat and mouse at the excessive seas, playing with their lives and the destiny of the war."--Jacket. Read more...

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The U-boat was once a powerful foe, constructed from a small coastal vessel right into a killer deciding on off service provider convoy ships at will. It was once now not till the destroyer escort used to be brought that there has been an Read more...

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Download British Motor Torpedo Boat 1939-45 by Angus Konstam PDF

By Angus Konstam

Through the moment international warfare, flotillas of the Royal Navy's Motor Torpedo Boats and different coastal forces fought a perilous warfare for keep watch over of the English Channel and the North Sea. those small, speedy boats attacked enemy convoys, escorted freighters, landed mystery brokers or even raided enemy ports. Unsung heroes, those craft and their tiny crews helped stave off defeat at midnight days of 1940. an identical vessels then took the struggle to different waters, and by way of the tip of the battle, British MTB's had visible provider within the Mediterranean, the Baltic and the a ways East. This ebook examines the improvement and operation of those frail, smooth little warships, and describes the way in which they have been manned and the way they fought.

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Download The Russian Convoys 1941-1945 by Paul Kemp PDF

By Paul Kemp

The convoys which took warfare fabric to the USSR through the northern exchange direction through the moment global battle have a different position within the historical past of the warfare at sea as a result of unmatched hardships they confronted. After being assembled within the grim harbour of Hvalfjord in Iceland or a distant Scottish loch the convoys may sail during the Norwegian and Barents Seas to the Russian port of Murmansk within the Kola Inlet or Archangel at the White Sea. The path the convoys needed to keep on with is infamous for undesirable climate and prerequisites which border at the limits of human patience. In iciness the northern latitudes produce stipulations of constant darkness, whereas from may perhaps to August there's perpetual sunlight. The fierce storms which often battered the convoys triggered ice to accumulate on ships superstructures and deck fittings, and this needed to be chipped away to avoid the vessels from changing into top-heavy. This was once treacherous paintings, and a mans possibilities of survival should still he fall overboard into that icy water have been very slender.

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Download Frigates and Foremasts: The North American Squadron in Nova by Julian Gwyn PDF

By Julian Gwyn

The 1st finished research of naval operations regarding North American squadrons in Nova Scotia waters, Frigates and Foremasts bargains a masterful research of the explanations in the back of the deployment of Royal Naval vessels among 1745 and 1815, and the navy's position at the Western Atlantic.

Interweaving ancient research with brilliant descriptions of pivotal occasions from the 1st siege of Louisbourg in 1745 to the tip of the wars with the U.S. and France in 1815, Julian Gwyn illuminates the advanced tale of competing pursuits one of the Admiralty, military Board, sea officials, and govt officers on either side of the Atlantic. In a gripping narrative encompassing sea battles, impressments, and privateering, Gwyn brings to lifestyles key occasions and crucial figures. He examines the function of management and the shortcoming of it, not just of seagoing heroes from Peter Warren to Philip Broke, but additionally of land-based officers, comparable to a number of the Halifax naval backyard commissioners, whose vital contributions are delivered to light.

Gwyn's awesome evocation of individuals and occasions, with the scholarship he brings to undergo at the topic makes Frigates and Foremasts a uniquely authoritative historical past. splendidly readable, it's going to allure either the intense naval historian and the overall reader drawn to the "why" and "what" of naval historical past on North America's japanese seaboard.

Published in organization with the Canadian conflict Museum

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Download US Submarine Crewman 1941-45 by Robert Hargis PDF

By Robert Hargis

This booklet takes an in depth examine the ''Dolphins'' of the united states army submarine strength, it covers recruitment, education, carrier stipulations and strive against reports, and discusses the consequences of advances in torpedo expertise on staff roles. the japanese shock assault on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 battered the outside fleet, however the submarine strength escaped unhurt. It was once as much as the ''Silent Service'' to spearhead the naval struggle opposed to Japan, slicing her offer routes and neutralizing her naval danger. via August 1945, US military submarines had made 488 warfare patrols. The achievements of the ''Silent Service'' weren't with out end result - 3,500 American crewmen misplaced their lives.

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Download War of the Whales: A True Story by Joshua Horwitz PDF

By Joshua Horwitz

Winner of the 2015 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary technological know-how Writing Award: “Horwitz’s dogged reporting…combined with crisp, cinematic writing, produces a robust narrative…. He has written a e-book that's instructive and passionate and deserving a large audience” (PEN Award Citation).

Six years within the making, War of the Whales is the “gripping detective tale” (Publishers Weekly) of a crusading legal professional, Joel Reynolds, who stumbles on one of many US Navy’s best-kept secrets and techniques: a submarine detection approach that floods complete ocean basins with high-intensity sound—and drives whales onto shorelines. As Joel Reynolds launches a felony struggle to show and problem the army application, marine biologist Ken Balcomb witnesses a mysterious mass stranding of whales close to his learn station within the Bahamas. Investigating this calamity, Balcomb is pressured to select from his sense of right and wrong and an oath of secrecy he swore to the army in his youth.

War of the Whales reads just like the top investigative journalism, with cinematic scenes of strandings and dramatic David-and-Goliath court dramas as activists diligently carry the military accountable” (The Huffington Post). while Balcomb and Reynolds crew as much as divulge the reality at the back of a plague of mass strandings, the level is decided for an epic conflict that pits admirals opposed to activists, rogue submarines opposed to weaponized dolphins, and nationwide protection opposed to the necessity to shield the sea surroundings. “Strong and valuable” (The Washington Post), “brilliantly told” (Bob Woodward), writer Joshua Horwitz combines the simplest of criminal drama, common heritage, and armed forces intrigue to “raise severe questions on the unchecked use of secrecy through the army to develop its institutional power” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

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