Decision in the Atlantic

Decision in the Atlantic

The Allies and the Longest Campaign of the Second World War

New Perspectives on the Second World War

Edited by Marcus Faulkner and Christopher M. Bell

Contributions by Marc Milner, Christopher M. Bell, Kevin Smith, Tim Benbow, Ben Jones, James Goldrick, Marcus Faulkner, Kevin Smith, G. H. Bennett and David Kohnen

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

322 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 4 b&w photos, 12 tables

  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9781949668001
  • Published: May 2019



The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest campaign of the Second World War. This volume highlights the scale and complexity of this bitterly contested campaign, one that encompassed far more than just attacks by German U-boats on Allied shipping.

The team of leading scholars assembled in this study situates the German assault on seaborne trade within the wider Allied war effort and provides a new understanding of its place within the Second World War. Individual chapters offer original perspectives on a range of neglected or previously overlooked subjects: how Allied grand strategy shaped the war at sea; the choices facing Churchill and other Allied leaders and the tensions over the allocation of scarce resources between theaters; how the battle spread beyond the Atlantic Ocean in both military and economic terms; the management of Britain's merchant shipping repair yards; the defense of British coastal waters against German surface raiders; the contribution of air power to trade defense; antisubmarine escort training; the role of special intelligence; and the war against the U-boats in the Arctic and Pacific Oceans.