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Convoy: War for the Atlantic #4/4 – Death Blow



About the Series

“During the war only one thing ever frightened me – the U boat peril. Battles might be won or lost but our power to fight and keep ourselves alive rested on our struggle to keep control of the Atlantic.” – Sir Winston Churchill By May 1940, Britain was an isolated nation, cut off from the rest of Europe. The Nazi’s controlled France and Norway, posing a deadly threat to the southern and eastern shores. Cornered by Hitler, Britain’s only hope for survival was to import food, raw materials, and munitions from America. Merchant ships sailing the Atlantic in convoys became the nation’s crucial lifeline, one that the Nazi’s were determined to break. Thus began the longest and bloodiest campaign of World War 2. Over four years, 100,000 people died and 2,500 ships were sunk in the Battle of the Atlantic. It brought Britain to the brink of defeat. From the eastern seaboard of the U.S.A. to the west coast of Africa, those who died had no graves – only their names carved on memorials. This four part series unpacks the critical moments of the biggest naval campaign of the 20th Century. Powerful interviews with those who fought in the battle, dramatic archive – some of it in colour, and impressionistic drama reconstructions brings the horrors of the Atlantic war to a new generation. Darlow Smithson Productions / Convoy Films Inc. 2009

About this episode – Death Blow

January 1943, the Battle of the Atlantic is approaching its climax. There are more German U-boats prowling the North Atlantic than ever before. Unless the threat is neutralised, it will be impossible for the Allies to mount the biggest campaign of WWII: D-Day. The allied convoys get the most important mission – they need to carry weapons and soldiers for the invasion of Europe. To stop the convoys Germany invents new weapons and new submarines. It was a desperate war whose purpose was to stop the largest invasion in the history

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