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Hunter-Killer : U.S. Escort Carriers in the Battle of the Atlantic - William T.Y. Blood


U.S. Escort Carriers in the Battle of the Atlantic

Paperback Published: 15th April 2012
ISBN: 9781591149958
Number Of Pages: 332

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The pursuit of German U-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic has long been considered one of the most exciting stories of World War II. This definitive study takes readers into the cockpits and onto the flight decks of the versatile and hardy U.S. escort carriers (CVEs) to tell of their vital, yet little-known contribution to the anti-U-boat campaign. Sailing apart from the Allied convoys, the CVE captains had complete freedom of action and frequently took their ships on "hunt and kill" missions against the enemy. The German submarines were allowed no respite and no place to relax without the fear of discovery.

World War II historian William Y'Blood explains that in the eighteen months between the spring of 1943, when the escort carriers began to prowl the Atlantic, to November 1944, the average number of U-boats in daily operation was reduced from 108 to a mere 31. Though land-based aircraft, various support groups, and the convoy system itself helped win the Battle of the Atlantic, the escort carrier groups' influence was profound. In addition to documenting the escort carriers' exciting operational history, the author also traces the CVE's development and construction and examines its tactical and strategic uses.

Prefacep. vii
"The Lord Looks out for Drunks, Little Children, and CVEs"p. 1
The CVEs Go to Warp. 12
Enter the Boguep. 29
Cutting the CVEs Loosep. 62
Thrust and Parryp. 100
Grinding Them Downp. 130
Two Shipsp. 166
Interlude--A Tour of the Rivierap. 198
Keeping the Pressure Onp. 211
Bitter to the Endp. 251
Escort Carrier Technical Datap. 279
Submarine Sinkings by Escort Carrier Groupsp. 282
The Anglo-American CVE Controversyp. 284
Notesp. 289
Bibliographyp. 307
Indexp. 315
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ISBN: 9781591149958
ISBN-10: 1591149959
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 15th April 2012
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Type: New edition