Black May: The Epic Story of the Allies' Defeat of the German U-Boats in May 1943
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Black May: The Epic Story of the Allies' Defeat of the German U-Boats in May 1943

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In May 1943, Allied sea and air forces won a stunning, dramatic, and vital victory over the largest and most powerful submarine force ever sent to sea, sinking forty-one German U-boats and damaging thirty-seven others. It was the forty-fifth month of World War II, and by the end of May the Germans were forced to acknowledge defeat and recall almost all of their remaining U...more
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Published August 9th 2011 by Harper (first published 1998)
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Bas Kreuger
The first part of this book is riveting, the story of the ONS-5 convoy intermingled with the way the U-boat war had developed since 1941, the technical side of electronic warfare at sea, the intelligence side of codes and Enigma, the weapons side with depth charges, torpedoes etc, operational research by the 'boffins'.
Gannon weaves these elements in a gripping way that also gives good insight in where the tables were turned during that fatefull convoy journey.
In my view the book should have ende...more
Interesting; provides a broad view of the U-boat war in the month that the Allies got the upper hand. Focuses on a number of interesting characters and events while describing the broader story. Exhaustive notes and references.

The e-book is terrible. It gets a few things right - the footnotes are at the end of the chapters, not intermixed with the text; the endnotes are properly hyperlinked; and the chapter with text transcripts mostly gets the layout right. Apart from that, it's full of OCR err...more
Au Yong Chee Tuck
This book is the non-fiction version of Nicholas Monsarrat's "The Cruel Sea." Readers who enjoyed reading about "HMS Compass Rose" in "The Cruel Sea" will find many more corvettes in "Black May."

There was no such thing as the phony war in the grim, relentless Battle of the Atlantic. This Battle started on the outbreak of hostilities and there would be no let up in the struggle against the U boats until the final surrender.

The Allies had the short end of the stick until May 1943. They had suffer...more
In his second book about submarine warfare in the Atlantic in the Second World War, the historian Michael Gannon tells how the convoy battles of May 1943 illustrated how the allies (Britain, Canada, and the United States) finally defeated the German submarine offensive against merchant shipping in the Atlantic. After May 1943 the allies succeeded in preventing German submarine attacks from being successful enough to affect the outcome of the war.
This was a difficult read due to detail & stats however it provided a good argument for how the defeat of the U-2's in the Atlantic was a root cause for Germany's defeat & the UK survival.
Tony Rothwell
I brilliant and scholarly account of the defeat of the UBoats in May 1943. Loved it!
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