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Battle of the Atlantic

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The Battle of the Atlantic

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WWII German U-Boats & Battle of the Atlantic

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Crew of HMCS Fredericton commemorates The Battle of the Atlantic

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Killing Zone Atlantic | PBS America

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The Battle for Norway 1940 - Dramatic World War II combat footage

The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest continuous military campaign in World War II, running from 1939 to the defeat of Germany in 1945, and was a major part of the Naval history of World War II. At its core was the Allied naval blockade of Germany, announced the day after the declaration of war, and Germany's subsequent counter-blockade. It was at its height from mid-1940 through to the end of 1943.
  • Name 

  • Background 

  • Early skirmishes (September 1939 – May 1940) 

  • Submarine warfare 

  • British situation 

  • Great surface raiders 

  • Escort groups (March – May 1941) 

  • The field of battle widens (June – December 1941) 

  • Mediterranean diversion 

  • Operation Drumbeat (January – June 1942) 

  • Battle returns to the mid-Atlantic (July 1942 – February 1943) 

  • Climax of the campaign (March 1943 – May 1943, "Black May") 

  • South Atlantic (May 1942 – September 1943) 

  • Final years (June 1943 – May 1945) 

  • Last actions (May 1945) 

  • Merchant Navy 

  • Assessment 

  • Shipping and U-boat sinkings each month 

  • In popular culture 

  • Civilian experience