Battle of the Atlantic

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United Kingdom Martin E. Nasmith (1939–41)
United Kingdom Sir Percy Noble (1941–42)
United Kingdom Sir Max K. Horton (1943–45)
United Kingdom Frederick Bowhill (1939–41)
United Kingdom Philip de la Ferté (1941–43)
United Kingdom Sir John Slessor (1943–45)
United Kingdom Dudley Pound (1939–43)
Canada Leonard W. Murray
United States Ernest J. King


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Contemporaneous wars

The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest continuous military campaign in World War II, running from 1939 to the defeat of Germany in 1945. It was a major part of the Naval history of World War II. At its core was the Allied naval blockade of Germany, announced the day after the declaration of war, and Germany's subsequent counter-blockade. It was at its height from mid-1940 through to the end of 1943. The Battle of the Atlantic pitted U-boats and other warships of the Kriegsmarine (German navy) and aircraft of the Luftwaffe (German air force) against the Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Navy, United States Navy and Allied merchant shipping. The convoys, coming mainly from North America and predominantly going to the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union, were protected for the most part by the British and Canadian navies and air forces. These forces were aided by ships and aircraft of the United States beginning September 13, 1941. The Germans were joined by submarines of the Italian Royal Navy (Regia Marina) after their Axis ally Italy entered the war on June 10, 1940.

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