The Battle of the Atlantic by Bernard Ireland

I have to admit that I was not sure what rating to give to The Battle of the Atlantic by Bernard Ireland*. It is a good history book, with plenty of facts and details. At the same time, it is quite dry. In the end I’ve decided to give it 5 stars because, despite it being dry, it is a non-fiction book on maritime warfare, so is not actually a big issue.

The Battle of the Atlantic by Bernard Ireland

It was interesting to read about the struggle the Allies faced as they were fighting against Nazi U-boats. He makes some interesting points too, for example relating to the stance the UK and US were taken at the end of the war.
At page 173, Ireland states: “Five survived to surrender.” Simple sentences like this makes one think of how brutal the war was, or, indeed, any war is. I think it was more poignant because it was so simply stated.

I would recommend this book to anybody who studies the history of the period. There are so many details on types of U-boats and convoys. It’s very likely that I will check this book again when I start reading on this period in my second year at university.

The Battle of the Atlantic by Bernard Ireland

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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Pen and Sword Maritime
Year it was published: 2020
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): History, 20th Century
Pages: 232

About the author: Bernard Ireland was a British retired naval engineer and writer on naval matters. Ireland was educated at the Royal Dockyard School, Portsmouth and at the University of Southampton. He worked for the Royal Naval Scientific Service, in ship research.
He wrote nearly forty books and contributed to journals related to ships and naval campaigns.
Website & Social Media Links: Pen and Sword

*I was sent a copy of The Battle of the Atlantic by Bernard Ireland for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

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