The Battle of the Atlantic
- How the Allies Won the War
- Narrated by: Jonathan Dimbleby
- Length: 20 hrs and 43 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 05-11-15
- Language: English
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
The Battle of the Atlantic was - though often overlooked - crucial to victory in the Second World War. If the German U-boats had prevailed, the maritime artery across the Atlantic would have been severed. Mass hunger would have consumed Britain, and the Allied armies would have been prevented from joining in the invasion of Europe. There would have been no D-Day.
Through fascinating contemporary diaries and letters from the leaders and from the sailors on all sides, Jonathan Dimbleby creates a thrilling narrative that uniquely places the campaign in the context of the entire Second World War.
Challenging conventional wisdom on the use of intelligence and on Churchill's bombing campaign, The Battle of the Atlantic tells the epic story of the decisions that led to victory and the horror and humanity of life on those perilous seas.
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By Paul J Day on 29-01-16
Brilliant but faulty editing
Really interesting book and very well read. Especially interesting were the personal stories.
However, the recording has at least 2 sections where sections were left in where Jonathan makes a mistake, apologised then restarts the reading.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By grant on 02-06-16
Good but runs out of steam
Is there anything you would change about this book?
The book is great although terribly edited with regular mistakes and repeated phrases not removed. There are 18 hours of coverage of 1939-1942 and then two hours for the rest. The period where the allies were losing is brilliantly described in significant detail but it feels that he realised he had to cram the rest of the war into two hours and rushed it. The sinking of 5 submarines in 24 hours is given 60 seconds.
What other book might you compare The Battle of the Atlantic to, and why?
Max Hastings does this better
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
His narration is brilliant as you would expect of one of our best ever broadcasters but some basic editing would have also helped.
Do you think The Battle of the Atlantic needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Any additional comments?
Could have been great but seems very unbalanced.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Andrew on 08-01-18
This book provides a very good insight to the grand strategic factors impacting the Battle of the Atlantic. For comparable insight to the operational and tactical factors, Black May by Michael Gammon is hard to beat. This provides the best available overview (in my opinion) of perhaps the single most important allied initiative to winning the Battle of the Atlantic - operational research and its intelligent application. It also illustrates the critical importance of coherent doctrine, training, and tactical level leadership. Mr Dimbleby only touches lightly on these topics. This may be nit picking but I think the Battle of the Barents Sea in which Capt Sherbrooke won the VC deserves a more comprehensive treatment than it receives in this book. This does not detract from an excellent overall study, however.