World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE SEAS: The Price of Admiralty

Now the Battle of the Atlantic was history; the U.S. Navy dissolved its antisubmarine flotillas and the Tenth Fleet staff organization under Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King. But as the battle became history, the Navy disclosed how serious The U-boat menace had been,* and how great the price of victory.

Since 1941, the U-boat fleet had sunk no less than 440 U.S. ships, of 2,740,000 gross tons; mines, surface ships, aircraft and miscellaneous enemy action boosted the toll to 538 ships (3,310,000 gross tons or almost 5,000,000 deadweight tons). U.S. merchant seamen killed or missing totaled 5,579. To the British...

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