Black May: The Epic Story of the Allies' Defeat of the German U-Boats in May 1943

  • Title: Black May: The Epic Story of the Allies' Defeat of the German U-Boats in May 1943
  • Author: Michael Gannon
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  • Page: 499
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  • Black May The Epic Story of the Allies Defeat of the German U Boats in May In May Allied sea and air forces won a stunning dramatic and vital victory over the largest and most powerful submarine force ever sent to sea sinking forty one German U boats and damaging th
    In May 1943, Allied sea and air forces won a stunning, dramatic, and vital victory over the largest and most powerful submarine force ever sent to sea, sinking forty one German U boats and damaging thirty seven others It was the forty fifth month of World War II, and by the end of May the Germans were forced to acknowledge defeat and recall almost all of their remaining UIn May 1943, Allied sea and air forces won a stunning, dramatic, and vital victory over the largest and most powerful submarine force ever sent to sea, sinking forty one German U boats and damaging thirty seven others It was the forty fifth month of World War II, and by the end of May the Germans were forced to acknowledge defeat and recall almost all of their remaining U boats from the major traffic lanes of the North Atlantic At U Boat Headquarters in Berlin, despondent naval officers spoke of Black May It was a defeat from which the German U boat fleet never recovered.Black May is a triumph of scholarship and narrative, an important work of history, and a great sea story Acclaimed historian Michael Gannon, author of Operation Drumbeat, has done enormous research and produced the most thoroughly documented study ever done of these battles In his compelling historical saga, the people are as significant as the technical information.Given the strategic importance of the events of May 1943, it is natural to ask, How did Black May happen and why Who or what was responsible Were new Allied tactics adopted or new weapons employed This book answers those questions and many others Drawing on original documents in German, British, U.S and Canadian archives, as well as interviews with surviving participants, Gannon describes the exciting sea and air battles, frequently taking the reader inside the U boats themselves, aboard British warships, onto the decks of torpedoed merchant ships, and into the cockpits of British and U.S aircraft.Throughout, Gannon tells the Black May story from both the German and Allied perspectives, often using the actual words of captains and crews Finally, he allows the reader to listen in on secretly recorded conversations of captured U boat men in POW quarters during that same incredible month, giving intimate and moving access to the thoughts and emotions of seamen that is unparalleled in naval literature Rarely, if ever, has the U boat war been presented so accurately, so graphically, and so personally as in Black May.

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    About Michael Gannon


    1. 1928 April, 10, 2017 Michael Gannon was a University of Florida history professor who was also a recognized expert on Florida history, particularly from its Spanish colonial founding through the Civil War He spent most of his career in Florida Librarian s note There is than one author in the database with this name.


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    1. In this follow up to Operation Drumbeat, Michael Gannon takes us back to the Battle of the Atlantic, and specifically to the war fought between the German U-boats and the Allied convoys in the tumultuous waters of the North Atlantic. But where Operation Drumbeat focused more on the human element - telling the story of the merchant shipping slaughter on the American eastern seaboard in early 1942 through the adventures of one U-boat and her daredevil captain - Black May is far more technical and [...]

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    2. All the facts about WWII submarine warfare in the N Atlantic. Problem is that the author provided ALL the facts rather than weave a gripping story about this critical time and place in history.

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    3. I was so impressed with Gannon's earlier book 'Operation Drumbeat" that I decided to immediately read the successor book "Black May". What a well-told story thhis is and from so many viewpoints. The primary story is that of convoy ONS 7, a 7 knot merchant ship convoy sailing from Britain to North America, guarded by a well-trained escort of destroyers and corvettes.The Germans arrayed their largest force to date against this convoy and the battle raged on for days in all sorts of weather. Contra [...]

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    4. Interesting; provides a broad view of the U-boat war in the month that the Allies got the upper hand. Focuses on a number of interesting characters and events while describing the broader story. Exhaustive notes and references.The e-book is terrible. It gets a few things right - the footnotes are at the end of the chapters, not intermixed with the text; the endnotes are properly hyperlinked; and the chapter with text transcripts mostly gets the layout right. Apart from that, it's full of OCR err [...]

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    5. The first part of this book is riveting, the story of the ONS-5 convoy intermingled with the way the U-boat war had developed since 1941, the technical side of electronic warfare at sea, the intelligence side of codes and Enigma, the weapons side with depth charges, torpedoes etc, operational research by the 'boffins'.Gannon weaves these elements in a gripping way that also gives good insight in where the tables were turned during that fatefull convoy journey.In my view the book should have ende [...]

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    6. This book is the non-fiction version of Nicholas Monsarrat's "The Cruel Sea." Readers who enjoyed reading about "HMS Compass Rose" in "The Cruel Sea" will find many more corvettes in "Black May."There was no such thing as the phony war in the grim, relentless Battle of the Atlantic. This Battle started on the outbreak of hostilities and there would be no let up in the struggle against the U boats until the final surrender. The Allies had the short end of the stick until May 1943. They had suffer [...]

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    7. A great history book of WW IIAn excellent book that makes you feel you are right there with the fighting men both in the Uboats as well as in the planes and ships that attacked and destroyed them.A very true to life account that brings the ungrateful realities of war to the reader. From tactics and strategies, both successful and not, to moral issues, to technological breakthroughs and the problems politics play on their deployment, a very entertaining look at the whole.I particularly liked that [...]

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    8. I've had this book for nearly 20 years on my bookshelf and never read it. After finally getting through it, I'm wishing I could give it 3.5 stars. There's a lot of information here, although the text itself reads somewhat like a doctoral dissertation. Gannon says he's going to focus on several key convoy battles to illustrate how May 1943 was really bad for German U-boats, and he does that, but his background information was more interesting to read about in my opinion. Certainly a huge scholarl [...]

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    9. Essential reading for anybody interested in WW2 at sea. This describes, in very considerable detail, the turning point of the Battle of the Atlantic. It is particularly effective in its communication of the relentless and exhausting - and indeed nightmare - nature of the fighting. This was one month in the longest campaign of WW2 and it reinforces the realisatio of just how much later generations owe to the men who made such sacrifies for Freedom enjoyed today.

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    10. In his second book about submarine warfare in the Atlantic in the Second World War, the historian Michael Gannon tells how the convoy battles of May 1943 illustrated how the allies (Britain, Canada, and the United States) finally defeated the German submarine offensive against merchant shipping in the Atlantic. After May 1943 the allies succeeded in preventing German submarine attacks from being successful enough to affect the outcome of the war.

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    11. One month out of the longest battle of WW2One month out of the longest battle of WW2This narrative covers more than one month of World War Two, but it does a good job of describing the action during May of 1943. For someone without appropriate knowledge, the frequent reference to longitude and latitude was a bit much. All in all, it was a good read, well worth purchasing.

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    12. A detailed look at a period which saw the beginning of the end for the U-Boat service in WWII. It is rather slow-going in spots but informative. There were brave men on both sides of the Atlantic War. Fortunately, it took more than bravery to win which the Allies proved.

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    13. This was a difficult read due to detail & stats however it provided a good argument for how the defeat of the U-2's in the Atlantic was a root cause for Germany's defeat & the UK survival.

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    14. I brilliant and scholarly account of the defeat of the UBoats in May 1943. Loved it!

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    15. Love these Military History books.

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