Day: September 8, 2013

The Wolf Pack Attacks: The Battle For One World War Two Convoy
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The Wolf Pack Attacks: The Battle For One World War Two Convoy

German Admiral Karl Dönitz seized an opportunity in the spring of 1942 when he sent a Wolf Pack—a group of U-boats—into the mid-Atlantic against a slow-moving convoy. The convoy’s escorts could not rob Dönitz of success. When looking at the Atlantic war in the spring of 1942, historians tend to focus on the carnage that occurred in North American waters, and not so much on the dreadful situation facing convoys and their escorts in the middle of the Atlantic. Out there, U-boats en route to North American waters had bumped into transatlantic convoys, and so it made sense for German Admiral Karl Dönitz to learn more about the routes the convoys followed, and the quality of their escorts. Dönitz tested the mid-ocean defences in early May by grouping U-boats in transit into a tempo...

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