Battle of Atlantic – 1939

Battle of Atlantic – 1939 - Battle of...

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Battle of Atlantic – 1939-1944 crucial - US built up 70% increase navy before 1940 - Panama Declaration – 1939 & Declaration of Havana June 1940 – defensive line around Western Hemisphere – off limits to hostile acts, off- shore neutrality zone - “Four Freedoms”, support anitAxis – moved line 2000 miles out into German war zone 1941 “undeclared war w/ Germany” - Attacks: o September 4, 1941 USS Greer attacked by U-652 200 miles southwest of Iceland Not revealed it had been tracking for 3hrs - “shoot on sight” o Oct 16-17 USS Kearny attacked (tried depth-charge them) o Oct 31 USS Reuben James o Never revealed actions carried out by naval vessels, only that they were attacked - P Hitler given 2 plants – build subs/surface or Plan Z (great surface fleet for open combat w/ Allied navies) – sails out to destroy, would be able in 5 years - Ger. Admiral Raeder – great surface raiding mission to shut down North Atlantic o Bismarck, Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Prinz Eugense new boats, sail to
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