Athenia Torpedoed

Athenia Torpedoed

The U-boat Attack That Ignited the Battle of the Atlantic

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Baker & Taylor
Recounts the sinking of the steamship Athenia in the Atlantic Ocean after being hit by a German torpedo and describes how this event shaped the international policy of the United States, Great Britain, and Canada.

Book News
The British ocean liner Athenia was attacked by a German submarine in early September 1939, killing 112 people. In this study of the attack, Carroll (University of Manitoba, Canada) analyzes the impact of the incident on US, British, and Canadian policy. He shows how the attack served to rally public support for Britain and Canada to join the war against Germany and how it contributed to the US decision to amend its neutrality laws to allow the US to sell munitions and supplies to Britain and France. The book is illustrated with b&w historical photos. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Naval Inst Pr
Just hours after World War II was declared, Germany struck its first blow, firing without warning on the passenger liner Athenia. The British ship was loaded with Americans, Canadians, and Europeans attempting to cross the Atlantic before the outbreak of war. As the ship sank, 1,306 were rescued but 112 people were lost, including thirty Americans. This account of the disaster, based on new research, tells a dramatic story of tragedy and triumph, as historian Francis Carroll chronicles the survivors' experiences and explains how the incident shaped policy in the U.S., UK, and Canada. For Britain, it was seen as a violation of international law and convoys were sent to protect shipping. In Canada, Athenia's sinking rallied support to go to war. In the United States, it exposed Germany as a serious threat and changed public opinion enough to allow the country to sell munitions and supplies to Britain and France.

Publisher: Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, c2012
Description: xii, 218 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781591141488
Branch Call Number: 940.54293 Car


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