atlantic war 2

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  • By the summer of 1942 U- boats were brazenly sinking ships in the gulf of st. Lawrence. August of 1942 shipping was banned from St. Lawrence.
  • It took 16 days to get to Hvalfjordhur, Iceland. while the U- boats were celebrating their successes. perhaps they would be able to drive Britain off the war.
  • The man in charge of improving Naval intelligence was captain Eric S. Brand. he controls when and where to send the convoys to avoid U- boats.
  • Activities of the directorate of naval intelligence and plans were an unspoken yet major reason why the allies turned the tide and won he Atlantic.
  • RCN made major improvements in both the crew and vessels. Royal Canadian force became more apart of the battle as aircraft's with greater flying range were built.
  • The improved weapons and tactics were very successful, 19 U- boats were sunk in February; 15 in March; 18 in April; 47 in May.
  • HMC's St. Croix was the first victim of a gnat torpedo on October 22, 1943.
  • On October 26, 1943, flight lieutenant R.M. Aldwinkle attacked U- 420 with depth charges. U- 420 was forced to dive and was sunk by a second attack with depth charges.
  • The U- boats continued the struggles but with RCAF's invaluable help, now had the upper hand, and the U- boat suffered more and more losses. Donitz withdrew his U- boats from the western Atlantic by spring 1944 to prepare for the expected allied invasion.
  • The battle of Atlantic ws the most important contribution to victory in ww2.
  • Canada built 400 cargo merchant ships, of which 73 were sunk, at a cost of over 2,000 merchant seamen's lives.
  • - The End
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