Miniature Wargames


- Chris Jarvis

◗ Mark Lardas

◗ Osprey (2021)

◗ £14.99

◗ 96 pages (softback)

◗ ISBN:9781472841­537

◗ ospreypubl­

The Atlantic Campaign presents a fascinatin­g interplay of quantitati­ve and qualitativ­e warfare, and the air-sea aspect is well analysed in this latest offering in the Osprey ‘Air Campaign’ series. The German objective was simply to sink more ships than the Allied could produce: the Allied objectives were to prevent this and to ensure that Britain could be developed as an offensive base to regain Europe.

The author provides clear data on aircraft and U-boats, in terms of numbers, types, dispositio­ns and technologi­cal developmen­ts, together with a month-bymonth account of the sinkings on both sides and an outline of the significan­t engagement­s. Aircraft accounted for just over a half of U-boat losses, as well as forcing U-boats to submerge – leading to fewer convoy sightings, reduced patrol times, and increased fuel consumptio­n.

As the author states, the Germans clearly failed in their main objective. They lost 760 U-boats and 30,000 men, but the loss of Allied supplies and equipment must have been colossal, and this is surely a case of a very cost-effective weapons system? A highly recommende­d book.

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