Battle of the Atlantic (1)

The U-Boat Campaign against Britain, 1939–41

Battle of the Atlantic (1) cover

Battle of the Atlantic (1)

The U-Boat Campaign against Britain, 1939–41

Pre-order. Available Nov 19 2024

Payment for this pre-order will be taken when the item becomes available


The first in a series of illustrated books exploring the longest and best-known naval campaign of World War II, focusing on the struggle between Allied naval and air forces and Hitler's U-boats.

When fighting broke out in September 1939, neither the British Royal Navy nor the German Kriegsmarine were prepared for another war in the North Atlantic. Having defeated the U-boats in World War I, the Royal Navy was confident it would succeed again. This was quickly shown to be an illusion, as neither the scale of forces available nor their tactics were sufficient. The Germans were even less prepared, with only a small number of U-boats, most of which were left over from World War I.

Respected naval historian Mark Stille examines the struggle between Allied naval and air forces and the German U-boats in the first 15 months of the war. The Germans attempted to win a tonnage war against Allied shipping, with well-trained and bold U-boat commanders enjoying some brilliant successes. However, the lack of U-boats and torpedo problems prevented the Germans from inflicting crippling losses, even though the British found it impossible to protect all shipping, primarily because of lack of convoy escorts.

Featuring maps, diagrams, photographs and stunning battlescene artworks, this book vividly brings to life the weapons, personalities, and tactics of the opposing sides in a unique and engaging way.

Table of Contents

(Subject to confirmation)
Origins of the Campaign
Opposing Commanders
Opposing Forces and Orders of Battle
Opposing Plans
The Campaign
The Battlefield Today

Product details

Published Nov 19 2024
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781472861368
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Colour illustrations throughout, including battlescene artworks, maps, 3D diagrams and photographs.
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 408
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Mark Stille

Mark Stille is the author of numerous Osprey title…


Jim Laurier

Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives i…


Book Vote

Tell us what titles you would like to see published by Osprey, then vote for your favourites in our monthly book vote!

Related Titles

Sign up for Osprey membership for access to thousands of plane profiles, maps, battle scenes and more. Plus up to 30% off website purchases