BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC: Death & Bombast

Last spring reporters were told by U.S. officials that the submarine menace would definitely subside after July 1.

On May 27 David Ignatius Walsh, chairman of the Senate Naval Affairs Committee, announced that the submarine danger had been "considerably checked and will be increasingly checked with the new plans."

During the week of July 12, big-laughing Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox laughed off newsmen with optimistic noises. In that very same week, more Atlantic shipping was sunk than in any other week since Nazi Admiral Doenitz (TIME, Feb. 2) launched his well-prepared...

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