Michael Gannon Black May

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Black May

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The story of the Allies victory over the U-boat drawing on previously unreleased transcripts of U-boat POWs in conversation. For two years the German U-boats, the most powerful underwater force ever assembled, turned the seas of the Atlantic into a killing field. Now it was May 1943. The year the Allies struck back. The year the tide of war turned forever.In one extraordinary month, using new tactics, new weapons, and the coordinated forces of a new generation of submarine hunters, the Allies destroyed 41 U-boats and damaged 37 others in the North Atlantic, sending the Nazi U-boat wolf pack running. Here, distinguished naval historian Michael Gannon captures this epic battle and those who shaped it, from the men who made key command decisions to the sailors trapped inside the steelhulled Uboats as they were pounded by Allied depth charges. Drawing on previously unreleased transcripts of secretly recorded U-boat POWs in conversation, this is the epic story of two powerful enemies going headtohead in a desperate naval battle, and why one side emerged the victor and the other the vanquished.About the AuthorMichael Gannon is Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Florida, where he taught the history of World War II. He resides in Gainesville and is the author of seven books. In the l950s he wrote on military subjects from Europe. In 1968 he served as a war correspondent in Vietnam. Also a scholar in the field of Spanish colonial history, he has received numerous awards and honours, including Knight Commander of the Order of Isabel la Catolica from King Juan Carlos I of Spain.

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Illustrated throughout, this book is the sto ry of the month in the spring of 1943 - ''Black May'' as the U -boat crews called it - when it became clear that the Allies could and would defeat the submarine threat. Gannon draws o n personal recollections. '

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Michael Gannon is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Florida, his previous books include Operation Drumbeat, the history of the U-Boat campaign off the east coast of America in 1942.

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