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In this monumental history, Clay Blair analyzes the German U-boat campaigns from 1939 to 1942 (a companion volume continues his narrative to 1945), which, he writes, fall into three phases: one against England alone, another against the newly arrived American navy, and a furious third against the combined Allied forces. Blair argues, against other historians, that the "U-boat peril" has been overestimated. He holds that the American submarine campaign against Japan in the Pacific was far more effective, and observes that 99 percent of Allied merchant ships on transatlantic convoys reached their destinations. Even so, the U-boats introduced a powerful element of terror into an already horrific war, diverting Allied effort into antisubmarine campaigns and delaying the transport of much-needed materiel.
Blair's outstanding work adds much to the naval history of World War II. Packed with detail, it is sure to become a standard work on the Battle of the Atlantic. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
the first of two books. Both to a former boat sailor are intriguing and informative. I refuse to part with either of them and use them as reference material for other books of a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joe Garrett
Great technical record. However, the companion book Hitler's U-Boat War: The Hunted, 1942-1945 needs to also be available in a Kindle version. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Thomas Ballent
Blair's first volume on the Battle of the Atlantic is exhaustive with mind-numbing detail. But Blair was not big on consistent numbers and statistics. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Barry Watts
Very interesting book. If you're interested in some of the personal stories of U-Boats, you'll enjoy this.Published 15 months ago by Wood carver/reviewer
After reading "Silent Victory" by Clay Blair, I was interested in seeing what his take on the war against the German U-Boats would be. Well, he didn't disappoint. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Marc L. Tavasci
Clay Blair has a genius for taking large masses of statistics and data and turning them into a readable and exciting narrative. Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by Tridelta
My son really the book and the condition. And the. Price he enjoys this type of reading will, look for morePublished on August 4, 2013 by sal
Another excellent WWII book easy to read ;and provided new and interesting coverage of all of the actual events. This was
a new author for me
Book went into great detail of Germany's U-Boat activity. Would probably be very interesting to anyone interested in WW 2 activity.Published on June 21, 2013 by Donald L. Phillips