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History of United States Naval Operations in World War II : The Battle of the Atlantic, Sept.1939-May 1943 v. 1 - Samuel Eliot Morison

History of United States Naval Operations in World War II

The Battle of the Atlantic, Sept.1939-May 1943 v. 1

Paperback Published: 1st January 1947
ISBN: 9780316583015
Number Of Pages: 434
For Ages: 13+ years old

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This is the first volume chronologically, but the second in order of publication, of Captain Morison's "shooting history." The first to be published was Volume II, "Operations in North African Waters, October 1942-June 1943," of which Fletcher Pratt wrote in the "New York Sun," "If the remaining volumes are up to the level of this one, it will stand not only as the most complete, but also the most readable work of its kind ever published." The present book deals with the defense of our own shores and ships. It describes the gradual emergence of the Navy from the neutrality patrol and Western Hemisphere defense, through the "short-of-war" phases to full-fledged war with Germany and Italy. Much of it is devoted to the history of transatlantic, coastal, Russian, Caribbean and Brazilian convoys, and to the war on the U-boats. There are chapters on the fearful ordeal of the North Russian run, on the experiences of lonely merchantmen with Naval Armed Guards, on operations off the coast of Brazil, and on auxiliary efforts such as the Coastal Picket Patrol by sailing yachts (the "Hooligans"), the Mystery Ships, and the Civil Air Patrol.

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Introduction, The United States Navy Between World Warsp. xxxiii
International Limitation of Naval Armamentsp. xxxv
Pacifist Propagandap. xli
The "Billy Mitchell" Crusadep. xlv
Development of Fleet Aviationp. xlix
Development of Amphibious Warfarep. liii
General Progressp. lvi
Comparison of Naval Strengthp. lx
Abbreviations Used in Textp. 2
The Naval Antagonists, 1939-1940p. 3
The Nazi Navy and Naval Policyp. 3
The Royal Naviesp. 11
The Neutrality Patrol of the Atlantic Squadronp. 13
Transatlantic Convoys under Anglo-Canadian Escort, September 1939-December 1940p. 17
Convoy Definitionsp. 17
The Transatlantic Convoysp. 19
Effect of the Fall of France, June 1940p. 22
"Short of War" Policy, June 1940-March 1941p. 27
The "Two-Ocean Navy"p. 27
Martinique and Neutrality Patrolp. 30
The Destroyer-Naval Base Deal with Britainp. 33
Lend-Leasep. 36
Staff Conversations and Basic Strategic Decisions, August 1940-March 1941p. 38
Admiral Stark and Exploratory Conversations
The Basic Strategic Concept of the War
Transatlantic Escort Plans and the Support Forcep. 48
"Short of War" Operations, March-August 1941p. 56
British Transatlantic Convoys, March-May 1941p. 56
Greenland and Western Hemisphere Defensep. 58
The Crisis of Midsummer, 1941p. 64
Unlimited National Emergency
The Escort-building Program
Azores or Iceland?
Casco and Argentia
The Atlantic Conference
The United States Navy Joins Battle, September-December 1941p. 74
From Patrol to Escort Dutyp. 74
Occupation of Iceland; Operation Plans of July
Attack on U.S.S. Greer; de Facto War Begins
Atlantic Patrol
Navy Begins Escort Duty
First Blood for the Nazisp. 92
Attack on Convoy SC-48; U.S.S. Kearny
Sinking of U.S.S. Reuben James; Winter Escort Duty
Convoy Procedure and Early Lessonsp. 99
The Fueling Problem
The First American Convoy to the Orient, WS-12Xp. 109
The German Submarine Offensive of 1942, January-July 1942p. 114
Transatlantic Convoys, December 1941-June 1942p. 114
The Assault on Coastal and Caribbean Shippingp. 125
From New England South
Gulf Sea Frontier
Off the Canal Entrance
First Kills of U-Boatsp. 154
The North Russia Run, December 1941-July 1942p. 158
Conditions and Urgenciesp. 158
The Tough Month of Marchp. 164
Task Force 39p. 167
Convoys PQ-16 and QP-13p. 171
The Ordeal of PQ-17p. 179
Missions to Malta, April-May 1942p. 193
Trends and Conclusions, January-June 1942p. 198
The Organization of Anti-Submarine Warfare, 1939-1942p. 302
The Complex Problemp. 202
Administration and Sea Frontiersp. 205
Weapons and Devicesp. 200
Anti-Submarine Weapons
Sound Geac and Sound Schools
The Anti-Submarine Warfare Unit
Scientists at Operational Level
Radar in Anti-Submarine Applications
The High-Frequency Direction-Finder
The Anti-Submarine Fleetp. 229
The Subchaser School at Miami
Cutters, Gunboats and Destroyers
Air Power and the Submarinep. 237
The Army Anti-Submarine Air Command
The Naval Air Patrol
Coastal Convoysp. 252
Atlantic Coast Shipping Lanes
"Bucket Brigades"
Convoys Extended Coastwise
Caribbean Convoys
The Interlocking System
Amateurs and Auxiliariesp. 266
The Patrolsp. 266
Ship Lane
Coastal Picket
Civil Air
Mystery Shipsp. 281
Fishermen and Air Observersp. 286
Merchant Ships and Their Armamentp. 290
Ship Productionp. 290
Naval Armed Guardsp. 296
Examples, Errors and Lessons, January-June 1942p. 303
Ten Months' Incessant Battle, July 1942-April 1943p. 311
Trendsp. 311
Transatlantic Convoysp. 317
Daylight Attacks
The Midwinter Blitz
Troop Convoys
Heineman's Harriers
Gulf and Caribbeanp. 346
Central Transatlantic Convoysp. 352
North Russia Convoysp. 358
Tuscaloosa's Mission
Convoy PQ-18
"Trickle" and Renewed Convoys
American Seamen in North Russia Ports
"Deus E Brasileiro," September 1941-April 1943p. 376
Unescorted Ships with Armed Guardsp. 392
Analysis and Conclusion, April 1943p. 400
The Situation from the German Point of Viewp. 400
The Situation from the Allied Point of Viewp. 403
Losses of Merchant Shippingp. 410
Monthly Sinkings of German and Italian Submarinesp. 415
Arming of Merchant Vesselsp. 416
Mine Fields Laid by U-Boats in Western Atlantic, 1942p. 417
The Support Force Atlantic Fleet, 18 March 1941p. 418
The Atlantic Fleet of the United States Navy, August 1942p. 419
Indexp. 423
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ISBN: 9780316583015
ISBN-10: 0316583014
Series: Battle of the Atlantic : Book 1
Audience: General
For Ages: 13+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 434
Published: 1st January 1947
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.55  x 3.38
Weight (kg): 0.8
Edition Type: New edition