Aircraft versus Submarine: The Integration of Aircraft into Naval Operations during the Battle of the Atlantic
Bonenfant, Francis I.
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The focus of this work will be the Atlantic theater, with an almost exclusive concentration on the Battle of the Atlantic, which was the core of the entire Atlantic theater and lasted the entire length of the war, from 1939 to 1945. In the Battle of the Atlantic, German U-boats threatened to cut off vital supplies between the U.S., the U.K., and the Soviet Union, and by doing so impede the war-making capacities of these allies. The flow of goods, arms, and men from the U.S. was critical to both the U.K. and the Soviet Union in their respective struggles against Hitler. David M. Kennedy quotes Churchill as saying: "The U-boat attack was our worst evil, the only thing that ever really frightened me during the war". Furthermore, the allied invasions of North Africa and Normandy could not have been possible without the support of the navies, which in tum had to maintain a certain level of dominance in the Atlantic Ocean. It would be these landings of allied troops that would ultimately defeat the Reich's own ground forces, but, it would be the allied navies which maintained them: transported them, supplied them, and supported them.