World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC: Bottom Blows

On its barnacled cargo bottoms the U.S. was still taking a nasty booting from the Axis. The kicking around, started five months ago, had sunk some 250 ships, disrupted coastal shipping, raised a great hue & cry in the press for sterner anti-submarine measures by the Navy.*

"There is no use building ships in 60 days for the Germans to sink in twelve minutes," gloomed Pundit Walter Lippmann. "There's no use building ships without providing the means to protect them.''

Spurred by public apprehension, the House Naval Affairs Committee behind closed doors heard...

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