A 2-part series, exploring the role of technology in the Battle of the Atlantic in WW2. How did technical innovations by German, American and British engineers determine the ebbs and flows of the naval battles and the ultimate fate of the German U-Boats fleet?
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Part I – The Battle of the Atlantic in WW2
How did the small, outgunned German fleet manage to strike painful blows to the Great British Navy in WW2? The credit for this success belongs to the German flotilla of submarines: the Unterseeboots, or U-Boats. It’s commander, Admiral Karl Doenitz, applied a once ‘failed’ tactic of ‘Wolf Packs’ attacks against allied merchant marine vessels, and dealt heavy blows to the British and American forces.