World War: AT SEA: Fateful Figures

In April Britain and her Allies lost 488,124 tons of merchant shipping.

This announcement last week provided more talk for the U.S. Senate (see p. ip), confirmed most observers in the opinion that the Battle of the Atlantic was Britain's most crucial struggle. It also shed some interesting new light on the trend of that battle. This loss of almost half a million tons was terrific. The month was the third worst after June 1940, the month of Dunkirk (533,902 tons) and March 1941 (489,229 tons). Later revisions would probably put April above...

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