From Hunter to Hunted (Hardback)
The U-Boat in the Atlantic, 1939–1943
In the early stages of the Second World War, Donitz’s U-boats generally adhered to Prize Rules, surfacing before attacking and making every effort to preserve the lives of their victims’ crews. But, with the arming of merchantmen and greater risk of damage or worse, they increasingly attacked without warning.
So successful was the U-boat campaign that Churchill saw it as the gravest threat the Nation faced. The low point was the March 1943 attack on convoys SC122 and HX229 when 44 U-boats sank 22 loaded ships.
The pendulum miraculously swung with improved tactics and technology. In May 1943 out of a force of over 50 U-boats that challenged ONS5, eight were sunk and 18 were damaged, some seriously. Such losses were unsustainable and, with allied yards turning out ships at ever increasing rates, Donitz withdrew his wolf packs from the North Atlantic.
Expert naval author and historian Bernard Edwards traces the course of the battle of the Atlantic through a series of thrilling engagement case studies.
From Hunter to Hunted is an illuminating read for a theatre of World War II that is too often described in statistics and technical jargon. Edwards has the story-telling flourishes of a man well used to being at sea. He describes the actions in detail, while adding just enough background information to humanize the conflict without disrupting the narrative, though a final polish might have removed some unfortunate repetition. This book works well as a gateway book into the world of the U-boats for those with a passing interest or are daunted by bigger and more technical works. Those already familiar with U-boats will enjoy the stories in From Hunter to Hunted, and sometimes that is all you need from a book.Beating Tsundoku
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"I was immediately fascinated by this book, my first venture away from Victorian history to WWII. Expertly written, it portrayed the perils and dramas of warfare in the North Atlantic between the convoys and German U boats. The bravery of the convoy sailors, from the captains to the youngest stoker, shines through whereas the cold-bloodied attitude of the U boat commanders may have been too ruthless - determined to sink as many Allied ships as possible with a total disregard for life. His skillful writing brought to life the storms, the sailors' fear and response to attacks. Reading his accounts made me feel as though I was present. A cracking and informative read - I will definitely read more by Captain Edwards and I highly commend it."Dr Adrian Greaves
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