Turning the Tide
- How a Small Band of Allied Sailors Defeated the U-Boats and Won the Battle of the Atlantic
- Narrated by: James Adams
- Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 04-26-11
- Language: English
- Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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The strategic stakes in the Battle of the Atlantic were immense. If the Axis won, Great Britain could have been starved into submission, the Allies would have been unable to marshal their forces to liberate the Continent, and the Germans likely would have at least engineered a stalemate with the Soviets on the Eastern Front that would have allowed the Nazi regime to remain in power.
In Turning the Tide, military reporter and author Ed Offley tells the story of how, during a 12-week period during the spring of 1943, a handful of battle-hardened British, Canadian and American sailors turned the tide in the Atlantic. Using extensive documents from archives in Germany, Great Britain and the United States, and interviews with key survivors on both sides, Offley puts the reader into the heart of the battle - from the navigation bridges of British and American escort warships, to the main decks and engine rooms of Allied merchant ships in convoy, to the claustrophobic control rooms and wave-swept bridges of the U-boats stalking their prey. He also portrays the vicious bureaucratic struggles that raged behind closed doors at the headquarters of both the Allied and German military services, and the above-Top Secret Allied intelligence campaign to crack the German Naval Enigma codes.
A thrilling tale of the decisive naval battle of World War II, Turning the Tide is also a harrowing story of how the Allies nearly lost - and ultimately regained - victory in both the Atlantic and in Europe itself.
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By PismoPat on 05-15-11
Just The Facts
I listened to this book for about 1.5 hours. The first 15 minutes was very interesting, but then I noticed that it seemed to be lots of facts and minutia, but no real story. It was obvious that Mr. Offley did lots of research and this book is very much a reference and compendium of North Atlantic shipping during WWII. I just didn't see a plot becoming organized or story line developing. If you are a WWII history buff, you may find it very interesting.
12 of 14 people found this review helpful
By Cinde on 08-01-17
EXCELLENT SUBMARINE WARFARE BOOK OF WW2
Incredible stats that tell a devastating submarine history of the Allies & Germany. Merchant mariners deserve greater recognition than they have heretofore received.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By B. Monaghan on 08-08-16
The historical account was good. Well-researched and thorough. The narrator was well-spoken, but bizarrely used American English whilst speaking very standard English. More gravely, he did not even have an elementary grasp of German pronunciation. This was rather jarring at times, as the account was peppered with German names. Apart from these blemishes, I would recommend this audio book to anyone interested in the subject.
By Paraig McGovern on 05-21-16
Enthralling story of near forgotten battles
Brilliantly told story of a series of forgotten but pivotal battles. A fitting tribute to the courage and fortitude of all who took part on both sides.