Shadow over the Atlantic

Shadow over the Atlantic

The Luftwaffe and the U-boats: 1943–45

General Military
  • Author: Robert Forsyth
  • Illustrator: Jim Laurier
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 27 Jul 2017
  • Number of Pages: 312
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German U-boats were the scourge of Allied merchant and military shipping in the Atlantic during World War II, threatening to isolate and then starve the UK out of the War. As Germany's war against the Allied convoys intensified in late 1943, German Admiral Karl Dönitz called upon the Luftwaffe to provide a long-range spotting and shadowing unit to act as ‘eyes' for his U-boats. Equipped with big, four-engined Junkers Ju 290s fitted out with advanced search radar and other maritime ‘ELINT' (electronic intelligence) devices, Fernaufklärungsgruppe (FAGr) 5 'Atlantik' undertook a distant, isolated campaign far out into the Atlantic and thousands of miles away from its home base in western France. The information generated and reported back to Dönitz's headquarters was vital to the efforts of the U-boats, and FAGr 5's ‘shadowing' missions were assigned priority in terms of skilled crews, supplies and equipment.

This book tells for the first time the fascinating story of the formation and operations of FAGr 5 'Atlantik', drawing on never-before-published historical records of the unit that accounted for the reporting and destruction of thousands of tons of Allied shipping.

Biographical Note

Robert Forsyth has studied the history and operations of the Luftwaffe for many years. He is the author of JV 44 - The Galland Circus (1996), Battle over Bavaria - The B-26 versus the German Jets (1998), Mistel - German Composite Aircraft and Operations 1942-1945 (2001), Messerschmitt Me 264 Amerikabomber (2006), He 162 Volksjäger, Heinkel He 111 and Junkers Ju 52 (with Eddie J Creek), all for Classic Publications/Ian Allan Publishing/Crecy Publishing. He has also written seven books for Osprey in the Aviation Elite Units, Aircraft of the Aces, Combat Aircraft and Duel series. Finally, he has written articles for Aeroplane magazine and The Aviation Historian, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the latter publication.Jim Laurier is a native of New England, growing up in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He has been drawing since he could hold a pencil, and throughout his life he has worked in many mediums, creating artwork on a variety of subjects. He has worked on the Osprey Aviation list since 2000, and in that time he has produced some of the finest artwork seen in these volumes. Jim completed the profile and badge artwork for the plate section for this title.

Contents

Introduction and Acknowledgements
Author's Note
Glossary
Map
1. Dark Waters
2. Junkers' Colossus: the Ju 290
3. Eyes over the Eastern Front
4. Formation
5. 'Now it's serious'
6. The Kommandeur's Report
7. A Burning Question
8. To see, or not to see
9. Black February
10. Fading Shadows
11. Fight and Flight
12. 4.
FAGr 5, by Nick Beale
13. Return to the Reich
14. 'Special Tasks'
15. 'Divide and Fall'
16. 'Genieße den Krieg, der Friede wird furchtbar!'
Appendices
Endnotes
Bibliography and Sources
Index

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