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Author : Francis Carroll
language : en
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Release Date : 2012-10-15
Athenia Torpedoed written by Francis Carroll and has been published by Naval Institute Press this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2012-10-15 with History categories.
This book is an account of a disaster at sea, the sinking by a German submarine of the passenger liner Athenia sailing from Liverpool to Montreal, loaded with Americans, Canadians, and Europeans, attempting to cross the Atlantic before the outbreak of war. Although 112 people were lost, of whom 30 were the first Americans killed in the war, 1,306 were rescued. Housewives, children, college students, scientists, actresses, and Jewish refugees were among the victims, and even young John F. Kennedy was called on to give assistance. The drama, tragedy, and triumph of their experiences are a central part of the story. But of course the book is also about war and politics. Indeed, this is actually where the Second World War began. Here Germany, having already invaded Poland in what was expected to be a limited war, first struck the western Allies, Britain and France. This was the first blow, fired without warning, just hours after war was declared. For Britain, the sinking of the Athenia was seen as both a violation of international law and a return to the kind of total war Germany had waged in the Great War. The sinking of the Athena immediately pushed Britain to adopt convoys to protect shipping, and it served from the first to shape British public opinion toward the war. In Canada the sinking of the ship and particularly the death of the innocent, ten year old Margaret Hayworth, became emotional issues around which much of the nation could rally in support of the decision of Parliament to go to war. In the United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt was too wary to make the sinking of the Athenia the counterpart of the sinking of the Lusitania in the First World War. However, the Athenia exposed Germany in the public mind as a serious threat to Americans, and provided the opportunity for President Roosevelt to open direct communication with Winston Churchill. The Athenia helped to change public opinion in the United States sufficiently to amend the existing Neutrality Laws to allow the country to sell munitions and supplies to Britain and France—a supportive first step to meeting the Nazi threat directly. So the sinking of the Athenia is a tale full of meaning and passion that deserves to be known.
Author : Cheryl Mullenbach
language : en
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Release Date : 2017-09-01
Torpedoed written by Cheryl Mullenbach and has been published by Chicago Review Press this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2017-09-01 with Juvenile Nonfiction categories.
Through first-hand accounts, interviews with survivors, powerful images, and primary sources, award-winning children's author Cheryl Mullenbach brings to life the pre-war environment in both America and Europe. Torpedoed! vividly re-creates the events surrounding the sinking of the SS Athenia, the first ship lost in the battle of the Atlantic during World War II. The amazing stories of fear and hope are recounted through the words of two American children onboard that day.
A Ship Was Torpedoed
Author : Montgomery Evans
language : en
Release Date : 1941
A Ship Was Torpedoed written by Montgomery Evans and has been published by this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 1941 with Torpedoes categories.
The Ss City Of Flint
Author : Magne Haugseng
language : en
Release Date : 2021-07-08
The Ss City Of Flint written by Magne Haugseng and has been published by McFarland this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2021-07-08 with History categories.
In Europe, World War II was four months old by Christmas 1939. The City of Flint, an American freighter, had been instrumental in rescuing 1200 passengers from a torpedoed ocean liner, making headlines on both sides of the Atlantic. She was captured by a Nazi warship and sent towards a German port, rigged with explosives to ensure the British Navy would not capture it. Norwegian soldiers liberated the ship--by then even Hitler knew her name. Christmas 1942 saw the City of Flint in New York with other freighters loading for North Africa. Allied codes had been cracked and the convoy was expected by a group of U-Boats. Secretly carrying poison gas as part of her cargo, she was torpedoed and exploded on January 25, 1943. Eleven survivors in her fourth lifeboat fought mountainous seas, sharks and hunger. One went mad and walked overboard. The others survived 46 days before rescue. Eyewitness accounts, war diaries and archival sources bring this untold story to life.
Drei Tage Im September
Author : Cay Rademacher
language : de
Publisher: Dumont Buchverlag
Release Date : 2023-02-01
Drei Tage Im September written by Cay Rademacher and has been published by Dumont Buchverlag this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2023-02-01 with Fiction categories.
Sie war das letzte Schiff, das Europa im Frieden verließ und das erste, das im Zweiten Weltkrieg von einem deutschen U-Boot versenkt wurde: Auf der Athenia waren über tausend Passagiere auf dem Weg von Glasgow nach Montreal, darunter amerikanische Touristen, polnische und deutsche Juden, andere Verfolgte der Naziherrschaft und britische Geschäftsleute. Der Kommandant von U30 hielt das Schiff für einen Truppentransporter und schoss 118 Passagiere ertranken. In einer Reihe von Einzelszenen deckt Cay Rademacher erstaunliche Zusammenhänge der Tragödie auf: So befand sich die kleine Tochter des Filmregisseurs Ernst Lubitsch unter den Passagieren der Athenia. Um die amerikanischen Überlebenden zu betreuen, schickte der US-Botschafter in London seinen Sohn nach Glasgow: Sein Name ist John F. Kennedy . . . Es sind die zahlreichen präzise und lebendig geschilderten Details, die die Geschichte einer Katastrophe zum genauen Abbild einer Zeit und ihrer Atmosphäre werden lassen. In der Welt der Athenia fängt Cay Rademacher ein Spiegelbild Europas am Rande des Abgrunds ein und entfaltet ein spektakuläres Panorama der ersten Tage des Zweiten Weltkrieges.
The Gathering Storm
Author : Geirr H Haarr
language : en
Publisher: Seaforth Publishing
Release Date : 2013-09-24
The Gathering Storm written by Geirr H Haarr and has been published by Seaforth Publishing this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2013-09-24 with History categories.
“A top-of-the-line examination of operations in north European waters during the first eight months of [WWII] . . . by far the best work on that subject.”—Stone & Stone The term “the phony war” is often applied to the first months of the Second World War, a term suggesting inaction or passivity. That may have been the perception of the war on land, but at sea it was very different. This new book is a superb survey of the fierce naval struggles, from 1939 up to the invasion of Norway in April 1940. The author begins the book with the sinking of the German fleet at Scapa Flow in 1919 and then covers the rebuilding of the Kriegsmarine and parallel developments in the Royal Navy and summarizes relevant advances in European navies. The main part of the book then describes the actions at sea starting with the fall of Poland. There is a complex, intertwined narrative that follows. The sinking of Courageous, the German mining of the British East Coast, the Northern Patrol, the sinking of Rawalpindi, small ship operations in the North Sea and German Bight, the Altmark incident are all covered. Further afield the author deals with the German surface raiders and looks at the early stages of the submarine war in the Atlantic. As with his previous books, Geirr Haarr has researched extensively in German, British, and other archives, and the work is intended to paint a balanced and detailed picture of this significant period of the war when the opposing naval forces were adapting to a form of naval warfare quite different to that experienced in WWI.
Author : Philip Kaplan
language : en
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Release Date : 2013-08-05
Grey Wolves written by Philip Kaplan and has been published by Pen and Sword this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2013-08-05 with History categories.
In the early years of the Second World War, the elite force of German submariners known as the Ubootwaffe came perilously close to perfecting the underwater tactics of the First World War and successfully cutting Britain's transatlantic lifeline. To the Allies, these enemy sailors were embarking on a mission that was unequivocally evil.??It was popularly believed that the U-boat men were all volunteers; this was not the case. However, once committed to the Ubootwaffe, each man soon understood that he must take pride in being part of a unique brotherhood. He had to do so because he was setting out, in claustrophobic, unsanitary, stench-filled and ultimately hellish conditions, on a journey that would test his mental and physical endurance to the very limits, and one that he had little chance of surviving. Those that did return soon ceased to take comfort in friends or family, dwelling only on the knowledge that another patrol awaited them. The men of the Ubootwaffe were bound together by an intense camaraderie forged in an environment of ever-present danger, and a unity of purpose more powerful than any known to other sailors.??As the U-boat memorial near Kiel records, by the end of the war, of the 39,000 men who went to sea in the U-boats, 27,491 died in action and a further 5,000 were made prisoners of war. Of the 863 U-boats that sailed on operational patrols, 754 were lost.??Grey Wolves captures life on board a U-boat, in text, letters, diaries, journals, memoirs, prose and poetry, relaying tales of the mundane and the routine, dramatic and heroic; the fear and resilience of every crew member, from Kapitainleutnant to Mechaniker. It is a vivid, brutally realistic portrait of the men who fought and died beneath the surface of the Atlantic in what was, perhaps, the most critical battle of the war.