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The Resource Black May, Michael Gannon

Black May, Michael Gannon

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Black May
Title
Black May
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Michael Gannon
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Subject
Language
eng
Review
Combining scholarship, storytelling and analysis, Gannon (Operation Drumbeat)delivers a compelling, comprehensive account of the turning point of the Battleof the Atlantic in May 1943. Gannon integrates coverage of the North Atlantic convoy battles with the Bay of Biscay offensive simultaneously mounted by RAF Coastal Command. The book's focal point is the epic story of Convoy ONS 5, which included 43 merchantmen (ships used in commerce) and a half dozen escorts. ONS 5 was sailing to Halifax, and most of its ships were in ballast. But cargoes were less important than tonnage for German Admiral Karl Donitz's U-boat wolf packs. Gannon takes readers from the decks of merchantmen to the bridges of warships, to the conning towers of U-boats in a kaleidoscope whose final pattern was as much a function of skill and determination as of weapons systems. Thirteenmerchantmen were sunk. But a half-dozen U-boats went down as well, and seven more were so crippled they had to return to base. U-boat captains were like fighter pilots: a relatively small number scored a disproportionate number of victories. By May 1943, many of the original "aces" were dead. Their successors were generally less willing to push attacks against escorts whose crews, techniques and tactics had exponentially improved since 1940. Meanwhile, civilian analysts had developed an operational model indicating that by concentrating on thechoke point provided by the Bay of Biscay, RAF Coastal Command would be in a position to paralyze the U-boat offensive. When implemented, the plan's verifiable figures matched the projected numbers. Few men fought better in an evil cause than did the U-boat crews. But, as Gannon shows in his excellent book, noneperformed better in a good one than those who defeated them. 40 b&w photos.(June)
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177298
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1927-2017
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Gannon, Michael
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
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Black May, Michael Gannon
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 463-468) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
488087
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxviii, 492 pages
Isbn
9780060178192
Lccn
98156053
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780060178192
  • (Sirsi) ADO-5924
Label
Black May, Michael Gannon
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 463-468) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
488087
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxviii, 492 pages
Isbn
9780060178192
Lccn
98156053
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780060178192
  • (Sirsi) ADO-5924

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