A measureless peril : america in the fight for the atlantic, the longest battle of world war ii (eBook, 2014) [WorldCat.org]
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A measureless peril : america in the fight for the atlantic, the longest battle of world war ii

Author: Richard Snow
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Of all the threats that faced his country in World War II, Winston Churchill said, just one really scared him'what he called the "measureless peril" of the German U-boat campaign. In that global conflagration, only one battle'the struggle for the Atlantic'lasted from the very first hours of the conflict to its final day. Hitler knew that victory depended on controlling the sea-lanes where American food and fuel and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: (DLC) 2009052995
(OCoLC)462904522
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Snow
ISBN: 9781416595076 1416595074
OCLC Number: 895887057
Notes: Title from resource description page (Recorded Books, viewed November 10, 2014).
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; "What's the Matter with the Davis?"; Flower Show; Too Dumb to Stay on the Farm; Building Hitler's Navy; "The Simple Principle of Fighting Several Steamers with Several U-boats"; On the Devil's Shovel; The End of the Athenia; Captain Gainard's Killer Dillers; Prison Ship; The Neutrality Patrol; "A New Chapter of World History"; Doenitz Goes to France; Germany First; A Length of Garden Hose; Fishing Trip; The Moving Square Mile; The Rattlesnakes of the Atlantic; A Present in the Führer's Lap; Five Boats against America The Most Even-Tempered Man in the NavyThe Hooligan Navy; Panic Party; Cadet O'Hara's Last Fight; "Start Swinging, Lady"; A Visit to the Ship Cemetery; "Sighted Sub ..."; How Lieutenant Snow Got to Sea; The Smallest Major War Vessel; "Set the Watch"; The Heartbeat of the Pings; "How Many Germans Will It Kill?"; The Fleet without a Gun; Steaming as Before; Combustible, Vulnerable, and Expendable; Captain Just's Last Fight; Do Hostilities Ever Cease?; When Daylight Comes; Bibliographical Note and Acknowledgments; Bibliography; Index; About the Author; Photo Insert; Footnotes; Chapter 4 Note 1 Chapter 8 Note 1Chapter 8 Note 2; Chapter 9 Note 1; Chapter 11 Note 1; Chapter 15 Note 1; Chapter 18 Note 1; Chapter 20 Note 1; Chapter 29 Note 1; Chapter 31 Note 1; Chapter 32 Note 1; Chapter 32 Note 2; Chapter 32 Note 3; Chapter 34 Note 1; Back Cover
Responsibility: Richard Snow.

Abstract:

Of all the threats that faced his country in World War II, Winston Churchill said, just one really scared him'what he called the "measureless peril" of the German U-boat campaign. In that global conflagration, only one battle'the struggle for the Atlantic'lasted from the very first hours of the conflict to its final day. Hitler knew that victory depended on controlling the sea-lanes where American food and fuel and weapons flowed to the Allies. At the start, U-boats patrolled a few miles off the eastern seaboard, savagely attacking scores of defenseless passenger ships and merchant vessels while hastily converted American cabin cruisers and fishing boats vainly tried to stop them. Before long, though, the United States was ramping up what would be the greatest production of naval vessels the world had ever known. Then the battle became a thrilling cat-and-mouse game between the quickly built U.S. warships and the ever-more cunning and lethal U-boats. The historian Richard Snow captures all the drama of the merciless contest at every level, from the doomed sailors on an American freighter defying a German cruiser, to the amazing Allied attempts to break the German naval codes, to Winston Churchill pressing Franklin Roosevelt to join the war months before Pearl Harbor (and FDR's shrewd attempts to fight the battle alongside Britain while still appearing to keep out of it). Inspired by the collection of letters that his father sent his mother from the destroyer escort he served aboard, Snow brings to life the longest continuous battle in modern times. With its vibrant prose and fast-paced action, A Measureless Peril is an immensely satisfying account that belongs on the small shelf of the finest histories ever written about World War II.

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