U Boats: Hitler’s Sharks [Audiobook]
English | ASIN: B08YPBVKYQ | 2021 | 2 hours and 20 minutes |
From the beginning of the Second World War the sea became a vitally important scene of conflict. Great Britain relied on receiving supplies by sea and, therefore, a total blockade of the United Kingdom was one the main objectives of Hitler’s Germany. The British government was forced to maintain a strategy of antisubmarine warfare throughout the conflict, while the Royal Navy sought to interrupt the Third Reich’s maritime traffic.
In these circumstances the submarine became an important weapon of war. Headed by Karl Dönitz, who would later succeed Hitler as Head of State, the German U-boats gained the initiative in the sea war and from the beginning launched all-out attacks against shipping en route to Great Britain.
At the start of hostilities the Ubootwaffe had only 57 submarines, of which 22 could operate in the Atlantic. The superiority of the British navy led to U-boats playing a leading role in the German war effort, to such an extent that they could have tipped the balance in favour of Germany, had it not been for Hitler’s lack of vision.
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