Originally Posted by polishshooter
It is really amazing that it was even THAT close with that handicap, along with the fact a secret like that could have stayed secret from the Germans the entire war...thank GOD for German stupidity and arrogance, but then again, that is why they always lose all their wars, so I guess it ISN'T shocking after all....
Well, Polish, I see your long vacation hasn't changed your opinion of the Germans.
I still say, though, that many more U-boats, early in the war, would very likely have changed the outcome in the North Atlantic war. Radar, on ships at sea, did not come into its own until much later in the war, and in the beginning the Brits simply did not have the escort ships available to use it effectively even if it had. Couple that with lack of effective U-boat hunting techniques early in the war, and there would have been a total debacle for the Brits in the Atlantic from, say, September 1939 until at least early 1943. Imagine the effect of 100 Type IX U-boats, instead of the dozen or so they actually had, off the eastern coast of the U.S. during Operation Paukenschlag
(Drumbeat) in 1942. During the entire so-called "happy time" (January to August, 1942), with the relative few U-boats employed, the Germans sank 609 U.S. merchant ships comprising 3.1 million tons.