World Battlefronts: Best Month

Allied shipping tonnage losses during May dropped to the lowest figure for any one month since 1940. Even German communiqués reported a total of only 372,000 tons. German U-boat losses rose to the highest figure since the start of the war: nine sunk, four probably sunk, two possibly sunk — not including those destroyed at bases and assembly plants.

German propagandists were hard put to it to explain why Admiral Doenitz' "inexorable U-boat warfare" (TIME, May 10) was working in reverse. Sample efforts:

> Submarine Expert Heinz Bongartz: "In pursuing the U-boat warfare Germany has the choice of two methods: either...

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