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The Real Cruel Sea (Paperback)

WWII Maritime

Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
Pages: 779
ISBN: 9781848844155
Published: 6th July 2011
Last Released: 18th December 2013

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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 first-hand sources, the acclaimed maritime historian Richard Woodman establishes the importance of the British and Allied merchant fleets in the struggle against Germany and elevates the heroic seamen who manned them to their rightful place in the history of the Second World War.

In this not inconsiderable 781 pages [Woodman] has probably produced what will be the definitive work on the battle of the Atlantic 1939-1943

The Cape Horner

Very highly recommend

Shipping Today & Yesterday Nov 2011

In this account, which draw extensively on first-hand sources, the maritime historian Richard Woodman establishes the importance of the British and Allied merchant fleets in the struggle against the Axis powers

Britain at War Magazine

Written by Maritime author and historian Richard Woodman this is a formidably good study of the battle between 1939 and 1943 when the tide of war began to turn against the German U-boat menace.

Shields Gazette
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