The Real Cruel Sea: The Merchant Navy in the Battle of the Atlantic, 1939-1943

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Pen & Sword Books Limited, Mar 24, 2011 - History - 781 pages
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 firsthand sources, the acclaimed maritime historian Richard Woodman establishes the importance of the British and Allied merchant fleets in the struggle against Germany."

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User Review  - kaki5231 - LibraryThing

This is probably the best book I have read on the Battle of the Atlantic. It details the conflict in exquisiste detail from 1939 through 1943 with great detail and examples. It was such a good book that I had to obtain a copy after reading it in the library. Read full review

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This book details the ups and downs of Britains Merchant Navy from the begining of the war 1939 theough the first half of 1943. It is an excellent book full of little known stories of Britans sailors ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Richard Woodman was born in London. England in 1944. He became an indentured midshipman in cargo liners at the age of 16, which resulted in a 37 year nautical career. He became captain in 1980. He spent 11 years in command at sea, 6 years in operational management ashore, and is currently a Board Member of Trinity House, the authority responsible for navigational safety round the coast. He is a regular correspondent for the shipping newspaper Lloyd's List. He has written over 50 books, a mixture of fiction and maritime history. His fiction works include the Nathaniel Drinkwater series, A Kit Faulkner Naval Adventure series, and The William Kite Trilogy. He received several awards including the Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award in 2001 for his journalism, the Society of Nautical Research's Anderson Medal in 2005 for three major studies of convoy operations in the Second World War, and the Marine Society's Thomas Gray Medal in 2010 for his five-volume history of the British Merchant Navy.

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