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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.
I highly recommend this book for any reader of history interested the German submarine war.
Some of the statements in this book make me seriously question his proffesional abilities in dealing fairly with all sides of a conflict.
This book and its companion volume are the definitive history of the German U-Boat campaign.
Very interesting book. If you're interested in some of the personal stories of U-Boats, you'll enjoy this.Published 3 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 10 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 14 months ago by Tridelta
My son really the book and the condition. And the. Price he enjoys this type of reading will, look for morePublished 16 months ago 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 17 months ago by Donald L. Phillips
Excellent narration by Mr. Bair as usual, I loved "silent victory" by Mr. Bair, but someone confiscated it on me and I no longer have it. Send me a free copy! Read morePublished 23 months ago by henry Ruehle
A very comprehensive, absorbing account of the U-Boat war in the Atlantic from start to finish. One of the most interesting books (non fiction) on WW II from any view point I have... Read morePublished on May 27, 2012 by Jim Osborne
I agree with other readers that this book throughly describes just about every move made by the German U boat fleet between 1939 and 1942. Read morePublished on February 27, 2012 by Trainman