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Deep Sea Hunters (Kindle)

RAF Coastal Command and the War Against the U-Boats and the German Navy 1939 -1945

WWII Naval Naval Warfare WWII

By Martin Bowman
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
File Size: 67.1 MB (.mobi)
ISBN: 9781473841444
Published: 11th September 2014

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This enthralling new release from Martin Bowman details all the varied and dynamic operations at sea carried out by RAF Coastal Command against the U-boats and the German Navy during the Second World War. Beginning with the disastrous Norwegian Campaign, it takes in the numerous attacks on the bustling German submarine base at Lorient, the attack on Brest, as well as many other pivotal and memorable events to enliven the history of the sea-lanes during the Second World War. Battles with the U-boats are brought to the fore, with details and experiences not only of the RAF pilots of Catalinas, Whitleys, Hudsons and Sunderlands, but also those of the targeted U-boat crews. In scenes reminiscent of 'Das Boot' German (and Italian) U-boat crews tell of their fears and experiences while under depth-charge attack and fire from above by Liberators, Fortresses, Halifaxes, Sunderlands and Mosquitoes.

The 'big-game sport' of 'hunting U-boats', as it was termed, is relayed in full and gripping detail, with first-hand accounts from U-boat attackers punctuating Bowman's dramatic prose and resting alongside those of the German submariners. This two-sided history is sure to appeal to all enthusiasts interested in gaining a balanced insight into Second World War naval history.

This small book packs a lot of information and detail.
An unusual and informative history book.

Journal of Carrier Aviation

This small book packs a lot of information and detail. The so-called War in the Atlantic,
1941-1943 was fought against the German submarine menace that campaigned against Allied convoys containing material and supplies destined for European countries not under the Nazi jackboot.

American forces did their best in protecting the convoys within the painfully limited 100-mile boundaries of the East Coast and the Caribbean. The British launched a variety of aircraft to engage and destroy the enemy's large fleet in an area that ranged from England's Channel Coast to the northern realms of the Baltic Sea.

While of interest to European readers-especially those in Great Britain and Australia - American readers might also be interested in accounts of those men flying relatively unknown, or seldom described, aircraft as the Handley-Page Hampden and Bristol Beaufort, both light bombers that were often used in service as torpedo bombers against Nazi ships. Attacks by Hampdens and Beauforts on shipping and shore-based targets make for exciting reading.

Endnotes for each chapter could sometimes stand for chapters themselves, but they do, in turn, offer a lot of information besides that in the main text.

There are two full folios of photographs that display a range of aircraft from the prewar Avro Anson twin-engine transport-turned-light maritime patrol aircraft to the Handley-Page Halifax four-engine heavy bomber made into another maritime patrol asset.

I find it an unusual and informative history book.

The Hook, Autumn (fall), 2016 - reviewed by Peter Merskey

Another fine book from a prolific author who has established a reputation for good writing and thorough research. After years of relative neglect, the Coastal Command story is becoming popular and this is an outstanding example of the relative neglect being convincingly corrected. There are two excellent photo plate sections with some rare photographs and this is a book that provides a narrative of the coastal command story from its shaky start, its rapid development, and its growing success to the end of WWII in Europe.

Firetrench

An important addition to our understanding of how people behave in combat and which provides vignettes that will illustrate further analyses of the air and sea campaign during the Second World War.

Australian Naval Institute

A very interesting book, which covers in great detail not only the air war but also the work of the ground crews and even the ferry crews.

Unfortunately the book has not been proof-read well and contains typographical errors, as well as entire paragraphs; end-notes and sentences, which have been printed twice. Even so, I do not regret at all having bought it!

Charlie Myres

About Martin Bowman

Martin Bowman is one of Britain’s foremost aviation historians and has written many books and articles.

He lives in Norwich .

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