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U-boats off Bermuda : patrol summaries and merchant ship survivors landed in Bermuda, 1940-1944 / Eric Wiberg.

By: Wiberg, Eric T. (Eric Troels).
Material type: TextTextPublisher: [Oxford, England] : Fonthill Media, 2017Description: 288 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781781556061; 1781556067.Other title: Patrol summaries and merchant ship survivors landed in Bermuda, 1940-1944.Subject(s): Submarines (Ships) -- Germany -- History -- 20th century | World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations -- Submarine | World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, German | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- North Atlantic OceanDDC classification: 940.54293 Summary: Bermuda was besieged by German and Italian U-boats in the Second World War, representing an ignominious period of defence and defeat for the Allies. It was a small but fascinating body of water, and a bellwether for the overall war at the time. This book will add colourful new content to the history of the Second World War.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

For the first time, a book exposes an obscure theater of the Second World War in great detail and comprehensively, not just in terms of geography but also from the perspectives of both Allied and Axis participants. U-Boats off Bermuda provides details of specific U-Boat patrols and their commanders, as well as a general overview of the situation in the theater of war around Bermuda. It is a detailed analysis of individual casualties, broken down by a) background of ship, b) background of U-boat, c) attack method (surface and/or submersed), d) details of survivors and their plight at sea and e) their rescue, recuperation and repatriation. Detailed maps and illustrations provide a human face to what were often tragic attacks with fatal consequences. Did you know that half a dozen German submarines came close enough to the Naval Operating Base in Bermuda to see Gibbs Hill? Or that hardy Canadians from a sunken trading schooner rowed and sailed their way to the remote island--on their own? Allied pilots based in Bermuda sank two German U-Boats, rescued dozens in daring water landings, and several crashed.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 286-288).

Bermuda was besieged by German and Italian U-boats in the Second World War, representing an ignominious period of defence and defeat for the Allies. It was a small but fascinating body of water, and a bellwether for the overall war at the time. This book will add colourful new content to the history of the Second World War.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgements (p. 5)
  • Foreword (p. 9)
  • Introduction: Summary of Axis Activity (p. 13)
  • 1 October 1940: SS Uskbridge and HMCS Margaree (p. 21)
  • 2 September 1939-20 January 1942: One U-boat (p. 26)
  • 3 24 January 1942: SS Empire Wildebeeste (p. 28)
  • 4 26-30 January 1942: Four U-boats (p. 36)
  • 5 31 January 1942: SS San Arcadio (p. 39)
  • 6 1 February 1942: Merchant Sailors Buried Bermuda (p. 44)
  • 7 3 February-12 March 1942: Twenty U-boats (p. 45)
  • 8 14 March 1942: MV British Resource (p. 57)
  • 9 16 March 1942: One U-boat (p. 64)
  • 10 20 March 1942: SS Oakmar (p. 65)
  • 11 21 March-15 April 1942: Fourteen U-boats (p. 69)
  • 12 16 April 1942: SS Robin Hood (p. 76)
  • 13 17-19 April 1942: Four U-boats (p. 81)
  • 14 20 April 1942: SS Agra and SS Empire Dryden (p. 84)
  • 15 21 April 1942: Two U-boats (p. 97)
  • 16 22 April 1942: SS Derryheen (p. 99)
  • 17 23-24 April 1942: Three U-boats (p. 102)
  • 18 25 April 1942: SS Modesta (p. 104)
  • 19 25-27 April 1942: Four U-boats (p. 110)
  • 20 1 May 1942: SV James E. Newsom (p. 114)
  • 21 1-4 May 1942: Six U-boats (p. 120)
  • 22 5 May 1942: SS Lady Drake and SS Stanbank (p. 125)
  • 23 8-30 May 1942: Thirteen U-boats (p. 136)
  • 24 31 May 1942: SS Fred W. Green (p. 143)
  • 25 1 June 1942: SS West Notus (p. 145)
  • 26 5-6 June 1942: Three U-boats (p. 152)
  • 27 7 June 1942: USS Gannet (p. 154)
  • 28 8 June 1942: One U-boat (p. 159)
  • 29 10 June 1942: MV L. A. Christensen (p. 160)
  • 30 11-24 June 1942: Three U-boats (p. 162)
  • 31 26 June 1942: MV Jagersfontein (p. 165)
  • 32 26-30 June 1942: Seven U-boats (p. 169)
  • 33 1 July 1942: SS City of Birmingham (p. 174)
  • 34 5 July-1 August 1942: Sixteen U-boats (p. 183)
  • 35 2 August 1942: SS Maldonado (p. 192)
  • 36 2 August-3 September 1942: Fourteen U-boats (p. 194)
  • 37 6 September 1942: SV Helen Forsey (p. 202)
  • 38 12-21 September 1942: Two U-boats (p. 204)
  • 39 27 February 1943: SS St. Margaret (p. 205)
  • 40 28 February 1943: One U-boat (p. 214)
  • 41 2 April 1943: SS Melbourne Star (p. 215)
  • 42 2 April 1943-24 August 1944: Twenty-four U-boats (p. 218)
  • Conclusion: Summary of Allied Activities (p. 230)
  • Appendix I Details of Eighty Allied Merchant Ships Sunk Around Bermuda in World War Two (p. 236)
  • Appendix II Details of Axis Submarine Commanders Who Led 143 Patrols around Bermuda (p. 246)
  • Appendix III Details of Fifteen Allied Merchant Mariners Buried in Bermuda in World War Two (p. 268)
  • Endnotes (p. 269)
  • Bibliography (p. 286)