Britain, Germany and the Battle of the Atlantic: A Comparative Study

Author(s): Dennis Haslop (independent scholar)


The length, scale and intensity of the Battle of the Atlantic led the British and German navies to make substantial changes to their organisation, strategy and tactics. In this book, Dennis Haslop examines the pivotal lessons learned, and how these helped to determine the outcome of the Battle of the Atlantic Convoy War. He questions how well adapted the two organisations were to learn from the conflict, and how effective they were in identifying problems and producing remedies. Based on the in-depth analysis of British and German primary sources, this study provides an innovative basis against which to assess the German and British approach to changing warfare and provides important new insights into aspects of convoy warfare, in particular the virtually unknown subject of German `Operational Research'.


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Examines the Battle of the Atlantic and the pivotal lessons learned in organisation, training and operational research.

Dennis Haslop has a PhD in Maritime History from the University of Exeter, UK.

Introduction 1. Elements of German Planning for Convoy Warfare 2. Elements of British Planning for Convoy Protection 3. New Opportunities for U-boat Bases and Inter-service Rivalry 4. The Development of the Western Approaches Command 5. U-boat Training to Meet the Requirements of Grey Water Strategy 6. Escort Training to Meet the Requirements of Grey Water Strategy 7. Learning the Lessons of Training and Procedures: ONS-154 - A Case Study from December 1942 8. Training to Meet the Requirements of Change 9. The Influence of 'OR' on Developments 10. The Influence of German 'OR' on U-boat Operations 11. The Repulse of the U-boar Atlantic Offensive and Its Consequences 12. Return of the U-boat to the North Atlantic and the End Game 13. Conclusion Appendix 1 Organization Chart: Kriegsmarine 1938 Appendix 2 Organization Chart: Naval War Staff Appendix 3 Lagezimmer Operations and Staff Support Functions Bibliography Index

General Fields

  • : 9781474236911
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Academic
  • : May 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Dennis Haslop (independent scholar)
  • : Paperback
  • : 328