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The Allied Convoy System, 1939-1945: Its Organization, Defence, and Operation Hardcover – August, 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press; 1st edition (August 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557500193
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557500199
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,052,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. Christopher Kelly on June 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Hague, a retired Royal Navy Lieutenant-Commander, author of The Towns, Destroyers for Great Britain, Sloops 1926-1946, co-author of Convoys to Russia, and a former sub-editor of Jane's Fighting Ships has produced nothing new. He has, instead, published a work intended originally, at the request of the Naval Historical Branch in London, for reference use to assist in replying to convoy enquiries. His work on the Allied convoy system is the result of six years of study and reflects his thirty years of naval service, beginning in 1949 as a National Service rating, specializing in ship movements, naval operations and communications, and ending in 1979 after having commanded two Royal Navy Reserve communications centres and the West Midlands Sea Cadet Corps.
It is a technical reference source, not lending itself to an easy Sunday afternoon read, but very useful for specific details rather than eloquent narrative. Included are definitions of the multi-various acronyms found in navalspeak, punctuated definitions, codes, and a short history of the strategic and tactical development of the convoy system, from Julius Caesar's expeditionary fleet through the years leading up to the Second World War. In addition, chapters one and three also cover convoy composition, command and control both in home waters, at sea and abroad. Several chapters are devoted to specific types of ships vital to convoy security and safety, naval intelligence, and enemy dangers such as submarines and aircraft. Throughout are scattered photographs of ships, aircraft and their weapons, captioned by extensive and informative narrative, as well as comprehensive lists of convoys, primarily in the European Theatre, including departure dates, arrival dates, cross-indexed casualties, origins and destinations.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rare Reviewer on February 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a reference, not meant to be a flowing narrative. That said, it is a very complete and thorough source for information on the convoy system which ensured the victory in the Atlantic. Sections describe the bureaucratic organization behind the system, variations in the system in different areas over time, the often skipped over importance of signals intelligence, and the progressive development of weaponry and sensors which decisively defeated the U-boat.

Multiple photographs illustrate ship configurations, weaponry, and sensors.

Tables in the back list every convoy and the losses it sustained.

For a one book reference on the "other side" of the U-boat war, this book is a must have.
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Bools like this are kept in our research library so that people doing research on World War II can get the informatioin they need right here in their home town.
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