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Battle of the Atlantic - Timeline

The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest battle of World War II. World War II lasted for a total of 2,075 days. The Battle of the Atlantic lasted for 2,073 of these. It started with the sinking of the passenger liner Athenia on the day Britain and France declared war on Germany.

At the start of the war both the Royal Navy and the Kreigsmarine were unprepared. Britain used the convoy system evolved during World War I for merchant shipping but the RN did not have enough escort ships and aircraft. The Kreigsmarine had few battleships and cruisers. Only 39 of its U-boats were operational.

At the outbreak of war the only real threat to shipping was from surface raiders including the pocket battleships Deutschland and Admiral Graf Spee.

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Jenny_Dabber said:
Battle of the Atlantic - Timeline

The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest battle of World War II. World War II lasted for a total of 2,075 days. The Battle of the Atlantic lasted for 2,073 of these. It started with the sinking of the passenger liner Athenia on the day Britain and France declared war on Germany.

At the start of the war both the Royal Navy and the Kreigsmarine were unprepared. Britain used the convoy system evolved during World War I for merchant shipping but the RN did not have enough escort ships and aircraft. The Kreigsmarine had few battleships and cruisers. Only 39 of its U-boats were operational.

At the outbreak of war the only real threat to shipping was from surface raiders including the pocket battleships Deutschland and Admiral Graf Spee.

View the timeline : 1939 | 1940 | 1941 | 1942 | 1943 | 1944 | 1945
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Jenny

I fail to see how anyoune can seriously consider timeline as a serious look at history when on the same page they write

"It started with the sinking of the passenger liner Athenia on the day Britain and France declared war on Germany"

followed shortly afterwards by

"At the outbreak of war the only real threat to shipping was from surface raiders including the pocket battleships Deutschland and Admiral Graf Spee."

So in their opinion the submarine U30 commanded by Olt. Fritz Julis Lemp was no threat to the liner Athenia even after he had hit the ship with one torpedo causing the death of 118 souls of which 69 were females and 16 children.

Talk about fast and loose with words.

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