4 February 2015

Coastal Command's Air War Against the German U-Boat - Images of War

This book is a new addition to the Images of War series, and summarizes the story of how RAF Coastal Command overcame the German U-boat danger during the Second World War. It explores how the escalation of the U-boat war promoted the development of anti-submarine warfare, leading to victory over this menace in the Atlantic.

At the start of the war, RAF Coastal Command had virtually no real chance of either finding or sinking Germany's submarines, but within a short period of time, new methods of detecting and delivering deadly ordnance with which to sink this underwater threat were dreamt up and implemented.

It took the men of Coastal Command long hours patrolling over an often hostile sea, in all types of weather, but their diligence, perseverance and dedication won through, saving countless lives of both merchant and navy seamen out in the cold wastes of the Atlantic and contributing much to the final victory over Nazi Germany.

As expected, the book is packed with photos of both Coastal Command, but also of their targets, the U-Boats of the Kriegsmarine. It is a good introduction to the experiences of Coastal Command during this period and it would be interesting to find out about the sources of the photos included (this isn't listed in the text).

Table of Contents:
Chapter 1 - The Cinderella Service
Chapter 2 - No. 19 Group Over the Bay in 1942
Chapter 3 - No. 15 Group - and Iceland, 1942
Chapter 4 - Air Headquarters Gibraltar, 1939-42
Chapter 5 - No. 15 Group, 1943
Chapter 6 - Iceland, 1943
Chapter 7 - Conflict over the Bay, 1943
Chapter 8 -  D-Day and the Final Months

Available from:
Pen and Sword

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