Atlantic Battle: Six Years at Sea
The Struggles Soldiers Faced During the Atlantic Battle.
Summary of Event
A German submarine U-30 attacks Britain. This had a big impact on the war because it weakened other countries. This would be easier for another country to make an attack on the country that was weakened. They were trying to protect their transportation.
FACTS AND STATISTICS
- Winston Churchill, prime minister to Great Britain, was the first to call it the Battle of the Atlantic
- The allies lost 1,664 supply ships.
- Over 30,000 sailors were killed on each side.
- 1,600 Canadian merchants died, including eight women.
- 500,000 tons of cargo was lost to German U-boats.
- Germans lost about 783 submarines.
A convoy of ships is preparing to set sail in the Atlantic.
A boat in WW2 is damaged. With this picture you get a good idea of what the inside of the ship looks like.
Picture of the inside of a ship in the Battle of the Atlantic.
The Atlantic Fleet was dealing with German - boats while trying to supply Great Britain with much needed weapons and supplies, This would later be called the Battle of the Atlantic. German U-boats, which were advanced sea weapons, were submarines that has a lot of weapons on it. One of the mostly used weapon was a torpedo. It would go under the surface and then attack the bottom of a boat causing it to explode from underneath the ship splitting the hull and sinking the ship quickly.
Germany's goal was to destroy as many American supply ships in hope that Great Britain would surrender. But, the United State's mission was to get as many supply ships to Great Britain. In the first 8 months of fighting, US trade ships fell victim to German U-boat attacks. Eventually the United States received very secret blue prints of inventions not created yet by Great Britain, Winston Churchill sent in hope to save his country.
The "Tizard Mission" was a very important turning point in the Battle of the Atlantic, in large part because of one invention. It was an extremely advanced radar that could easily track the U Boats. This combined with December's stormy weather, helped the United States greatly. Because of this the scale of losses shifted, this battle which impacted the war because if we had never defeated Germany, they would of got all of Great Britain. Because all supplies would have been lost, and as you all could guess surrender and Germany would take over making them almost impossible to defeat even with help for all other countries.
FIRST HAND ACCOUNT
Lieutenant Edward Tidrick in Boat No. 2 cries out: "My God, we're coming in at the right spot, but look at it! No shingle, no wall, no shell holes, no cover. Nothing!"
His men are at the sides of the boat, straining for a view of the target. They stare but say nothing. At exactly 6:36 A.M. ramps are dropped along the boat line and the men jump off in water anywhere from waist deep to higher than a man's head. This is the signal awaited by the Germans atop the bluff. Already pounded by mortars, the floundering line is instantly swept by crossing machine-gun fires from both ends of the beach.
"... the only thing that that ever really frightened me during the war was the U-Boat peril" Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain
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