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BATTLE FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC: The Strategic Naval Campaign That Won World War II in Europe

Magazine article Sea Classics

BATTLE FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC: The Strategic Naval Campaign That Won World War II in Europe

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BATTLE FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC: The Strategic Naval Campaign That Won World War II in Europe By John R. Brüning 300 Pgs, 32 color & 353 b&w photos, Maps, 9.5-in χ 11-in, Hardback. ISBN: 978-076033918; $40.00. Zenith Press, www.zemthpress.com; 612-344-8161

This is a book for which there has long been a need - a sterling, majestically illustrated one-volume review of the longest, most-chilling battle of World War II - the seven-year fight for control of the North. Atlantic ocean. Author John Brüning has created an all-new very readable account which chronologically outlines the only battle that caused Winston Churchill to lose sleep. Were the battle lost, the Allies would have been as incontrovertibly doomed as if a vital jugular had been severed.

In its strategic sense, the Battle of the North Atlantic was much the catalyst that drew the politically divergent Allies together, for it had to be won at all cost or the island nation of Great Britain would have starved into submission, and the Axis nations in control of the European land mass any help to Soviet Russia would have been impossible. The one link - vast as it was - was the stormy North Atlantic ocean which provided the hotly contested corridors of salvation to Russia and the United Kingdom.

Author Brüning, a much-published historian, knows his subject well and has complete mastery of the often complex unfolding of events that saw German submarines and surface marauders nearly bring the Allies to their knees in the all-out assault of 1942's Operation Paukenschlag. …

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