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Donitz's Last Gamble

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Donitz's Last Gamble

The Inshore U-Boat Campaign 1944-45

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Donitz's Last Gamble by Lawrence Paterson
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After the June 1944 D-Day landings D'nitz withdrew his U-boat wolf-packs from the Atlantic convoy war and sent them into coastal waters, where they could harass the massive shipping movements necessary to supply the Allied armies advancing across Europe. Caught unawares by this change of strategy, the Allied anti-submarine forces were ill-prepared for the novel challenges of inshore warfare. It proved surprisingly difficult to locate U-boats that could lie silently on the seabed, and the shallow waters meant less than ideal conditions for sonar propagation. Furthermore, because the battle was nearer home, the U-boats wasted less time on transit, so at any one time there were more of them in combat. In the final months of the war there was also the threat of far more advanced and potent submarine types entering German service, but thanks largely to overwhelming numbers of escorts this last gamble by D'nitz was defeated. In fact, the Allied navies had never really established superiority, and this was to have enormous significance later during the Cold War, when the same tactics were planned by the Soviets. Since it had such a major impact on post-war naval thinking, it is a story of the utmost importance told by an accomplished U-boat author.
Release date NZ
March 20th, 2008
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
100 B&W Photos
Imprint
Seaforth Publishing
Pages
208
Dimensions
156x256x18
ISBN-13
9781844157143
Product ID
2071662

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