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The Battle of the Atlantic

Bercuson, David J. ; Herwig, Holger H. -- Deadly seas : the story of the St. Croix, the U305 and the Battle of the Atlantic. -- [S.l.] : Random House, 1997. -- 346 p.

  • Although this is a history, the authors have included considerable fictional dialogue to make a very readable story

Easton, Allan. -- 50 north : an Atlantic battleground. -- Toronto : Ryerson Press, 1963. -- 287 p.

  • New ed.: Markham, Ont. : PaperJacks, 1980

Fisher, Robert C. -- "The impact of German technology on the Royal Canadian Navy in the Battle of the Atlantic, 1942-1943". -- The northern mariner = Le marin du nord. -- Vol. 7, no. 4 (October/octobre 1997). -- P. 1-13

  • Investigates the failure of Canadian escorts to sink U-boats in September-December 1942, in terms of the German development of Metox radar detection gear capable of intercepting Canadian metric radar signals

Hadley, Michael L. -- U-boats against Canada : German submarines in Canadian waters. -- Kingston, Ont. : McGill-Queen's Univ. Press, 1985. -- 360 p.

Lamb, James B. -- The corvette navy : true stories from Canada's Atlantic war. -- Toronto : Macmillan, 1977. -- 179 p.

McLean, Douglas M. -- "The battle of convoy BX-141". -- The northern mariner = Le marin du nord. -- Vol. 3, no. 4 (October/octobre 1993). -- P. 19-35

  • On January 14, 1945, three merchant ships from a Boston-to-Halifax convoy were torpedoed twenty kilometres from the safety of Halifax harbour by U-1232. The U-boat had eluded the convoy escort. This incident demonstrated the real dangers of the Battle of the Atlantic right to the last days of the war

Milner, Marc. -- North Atlantic run : the Royal Canadian Navy and the battle for the convoys. -- Toronto : Univ. of Toronto Press, 1985. -- [327] p.

  • In the absence of an official history, this was one of the first critical analyses of Canadian naval operations and did much to re-awaken interest in naval history

____. -- The U-boat hunters : the Royal Canadian Navy and the offensive against Germany's submarines. -- Toronto : Univ. of Toronto Press, 1994. -- 326 p.

O'Brien, David. -- HX 72 : the first convoy to die : the wolfpack attack that woke up the Admiralty. -- Halifax : Nimbus Pub., 1999. -- 168 p.

Revely, Henry. -- The convoy that nearly died : the story of ONS 154. -- London : W. Kimber, 1979. -- 222 p.

  • A fine account of a convoy battle, from the perspective of an officer on a merchant ship

Sarty, Roger. -- The battle of the Atlantic : the Royal Canadian Navy's greatest campaign, 1939-1945. -- Ottawa : CEF Books, 2001. -- 42 p. -- (Access to history, no. 9)

  • Excellent maps, diagrams, some seldom seen photographs and war art accompany a good introductory text

*_____. -- Canada and the Battle of the Atlantic. -- Montreal : Art global, 1998. -- 167 p. -- Also published in French under the title: Le Canada et la Bataille de l'Atlantique

  • Another Art global publication prepared by the Directorate of History and Heritage, Department of National Defence, with the same strengths in photography and war art

  • In the absence of an official naval history, this work presents some of the most recent research on the Battle of the Atlantic pertaining to both naval and air aspects

Tennyson, Brian ; Sarty, Roger. -- Guardian of the gulf : Sydney, Cape Breton and the Atlantic wars. -- Toronto : Univ. of Toronto Press, 2000. -- 495 p.

  • This work examines one important port's role as a convoy gathering point in the Battle of the Atlantic, an industrial centre requiring coastal defences and a nerve centre in the Battle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence

Watt, Frederick B. -- In all respects ready : the merchant navy and the Battle of the Atlantic, 1940-1945. -- Scarborough, Ont. : Prentice-Hall Canada, 1985. -- 222 p.

  • This is an account of the Naval Boarding Service

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