The Battle of the Atlantic
It’s a thorough work with useful charts and graphs, an interesting selection of photos and a good index. In addition to the facts and figures,
Ireland provides analysis and insight, notably arguing provocatively that ‘the situation was never as parlous nor the struggle so evenly balanced as was perceived at the time and has consistently been described since’. It’s a stance that may not prove popular in the Merchant Navy
community, but the book is worth a read nevertheless, and readers can make up their own minds after giving Ireland’s arguments a hearing.