Christopher Lee

Ships Hoping to Pass in the Night

The Real Cruel Sea: The Merchant Navy in the Battle of the Atlantic 1939-1943

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DURING THE SECOND World War some 30,000 British merchant seamen died in the Battle of the Atlantic – most of them before the end of 1943. Even that figure may be on the low side: the Registrar-General of British Shipping did not know how many sailors had died ashore of their wounds.

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