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The wolf packs gather : mayhem in the Western Approaches 1940 / Bernard Edwards.

By: Edwards, Bernard, 1926-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Barnsley : Pen & Sword Maritime, 2011Description: 192 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781848846241; 184884624X.Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations -- Submarine | World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, German | World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, British | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Atlantic Ocean | Naval convoys -- Atlantic OceanDDC classification: 940.54293
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As a direct result of the capture of the British steamer City of Baghdad's secret code books by the German surface raider Atlantis in July 1940, the Nazis were able to de-cypher Admiralty convoy plans with deadly effect. Admiral Doenitz, aware of the movements of the Allied convoys, marshalled as many of his U-boats as possible. This book describes the resulting appalling Allied losses suffered by four convoys during the Autumn of 1940. The first convoy, SC2, consisting of fifty-three merchantmen, was attacked in early September by four U-boats. Due to poor weather only five ships were lost. Shortly afterwards, HX72, sailing from Nova Scotia, lost eleven of its forty-one ships to five Type VIIC U-boats. Top Aces Otto Kretschremer and Joachim Schepke, who penetrated inside the columns, accounted for nine. No less than nine U-boats attacked SC7 in October 1940. Of thirty-five merchantmen a staggering twenty were lost. Despite being a 'fast' convoy with ten escorts, HX79 also fared terribly losing twelve ships. In total forty-eight merchantmen were sunk and seven more damaged without any U-boat losses at all. A superbly researched and authoritative account of the darkest hours of the Battle of the Atlantic, The Wolf Packs Gather is a tragic account of unprecedented losses of seamen, ships and cargo from these merciless attacks on the four convoys. The Author, a much published and distinguished historian and Merchant Navy captain, is well qualified to describe not only the German tactics but the inadequacies of the Allied counter-measures. AUTHOR: Bernard Edwards is one of the most popular and prolific authors and is well established as a front rank naval historian. His many titles include The Quiet Heroes, Twilight of the U-Boat, Japan's Blitzkrieg, The Cruel Sea Retold and War Under the Red Ensign. SELLING POINTS: * Describes the merciless attacks on four Atlantic convoys by U-Boat wolf packs * Tragic account of unprecedented losses of seamen, ships and cargo from four convoys * U-Boat books attract a strong following * Written by a highly respected, much published author, himself a Merchant Navy captain ILLUSTRATIONS: 8 pages of b/w plates *

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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