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The Battle of the Atlantic story told.

The Battle of the Atlantic interactive timeline covers the Antisubmarine Campaign of World War II, beginning in 1939 with the sinking of the SS Athenia and ending with the German surrender on V-E Day. It honors the American naval personnel, coast guardsmen and merchant marine who participated in order to transport supplies in support of the Allied effort against the Axis on the European continent. 

Over the course of nine time periods, the Allied battle against the German submarines is mapped with key events highlighted. The map charts the sinking of every merchant ship and U-boat, accompanied by images of the Allied forces that participated in each sinking.

Additionally, the map shows the construction of the U-boat pens along the French and Norwegian coasts in contrast to the Allies’ development of air bases from which to provide coverage to the merchant convoys traversing the dangerous waters of the Atlantic. Personal stories of sacrifice from those who are buried at the Cambridge American Cemetery are included in the version that appears in the visitor center there.

Each time period is introduced with a short video that explains the developments taking place during that time, which is followed by a text description. The briefing text for each time period links to a robust encyclopedia of relevant terms, individuals and events with further information, photographs, videos and graphics.

Features:

THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC
The Antisubmarine Campaign of World War II.

INTERACTIVE MAP
The battle progresses as sinkings build up on both sides.

PERSONAL STORIES
Real stories of real people.

INTRODUCTORY VIDEO
Short films in each time period help to narrate events.

SUMMARY TEXT
In-depth text and an encyclopedia of over 100 terms.

ENCYCLOPEDIA
Detailed descriptions paired with images & video.

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