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Decision in the Atlantic: The Allies and the Longest Campaign of the Second World War

edited by Marcus Faulkner and Christopher M. Bell with contributions by Marc Milner, Christopher M. Bell, Kevin Smith, Tim Benbow, Ben Jones, James Goldrick, Marcus Faulkner, Kevin Smith, G. H. Bennett, and David Kohnen

Availablecloth$50.00x 978-1-94-966800-1
New Perspectives on the Second World War
322 pages  Pubdate: 05/17/2019  6 x 9  4 b&w photos, 12 tables

The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest campaign of the Second World War. This volume highlights the scale and complexity of this bitterly contested campaign, one that encompassed far more than just attacks by German U-boats on Allied shipping.

The team of leading scholars assembled in this study situates the German assault on seaborne trade within the wider Allied war effort and provides a new understanding of its place within the Second World War. Individual chapters offer original perspectives on a range of neglected or previously overlooked subjects: how Allied grand strategy shaped the war at sea; the choices facing Churchill and other Allied leaders and the tensions over the allocation of scarce resources between theaters; how the battle spread beyond the Atlantic Ocean in both military and economic terms; the management of Britain’s merchant shipping repair yards; the defense of British coastal waters against German surface raiders; the contribution of air power to trade defense; antisubmarine escort training; the role of special intelligence; and the war against the U-boats in the Arctic and Pacific Oceans.

Marcus Faulkner is a senior teaching fellow in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. He is the author of The Great War at Sea: A Naval Atlas, 1914–1919 and War at Sea: A Naval Atlas, 1939–1945, and coeditor of Northern European Overture to War, 1939–1941: From Memel to Barbarossa.

Christopher M. Bell is professor of history at Dalhousie University, and has published numerous scholarly articles on naval history and British strategic foreign policy. He is the author of Churchill and the Dardanelles; Churchill and Sea Power; The Royal Navy, Seapower and Strategy between the Wars, and coeditor of At the Crossroads between Peace and War: The London Conference of 1930 and Naval Mutinies of the Twentieth Century: An International Perspective.

"...this is a major contribution to a fuller understanding of the role of merchant shipping in [World War II]." -- The NYMAS Review: A Publication of The New York Military Affairs Symposium