World War: AT SEA: Back Talk

A few hours after Franklin Roosevelt made his speech declaring undeclared sea warfare (see p. 11), trumpet fanfares interrupted German radio programs and an announcer read Germany's answer: "Submarines in the North Atlantic attacked a large convoy ... of more than 40 ships. After heavy fighting, submarines have sunk, up to now, 22 steamers of 134,000 tons. . . . The enemy convoy is still being further attacked." This was an answer not calculated to turn away wrath. It reminded Americans that the Battle of the Atlantic was still very real. Before long the Germans revised their...

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