Decision in the Atlantic
Friday 17 – Saturday 18 May 2013
Department of War Studies, King’s College London
In the history of warfare few campaigns have been as long, as complex or covered as large an area as the Battle of the Atlantic did in the Second World War. The contest for allied maritime communications began on the first day of the war in 1939 and continued until the German surrender in May 1945. On the seventieth anniversary of the climax of the battle, this conference aims to draw together international scholarship with a view to highlighting recent approaches to its study and the campaign’s emerging role in the wider historiography of the war.
1300-1730 – Welcome and Opening Remarks
Malcolm Llewellyn-Jones, Naval Historical Branch & Marcus Faulkner, King’s College London
Nicholas Rodger, All Souls College, University of Oxford – Some Questions
Eric Grove, University of Salford – 1941: The First Turning Point
Chair – Richard Gimblett, Naval Command Historian, RCN
Marc Milner, University of New Brunswick – The Allied Victory of 1943: Tactical and Technological Triumph or Victory through Years of Plain Hard Work?
The Colin White Memorial Lecture
James Goldrick, Royal Australian Navy (Ret.) – All Should be ‘A’ Teams: The Development of Group Anti-Submarine Escort Training in the British and Canadian Navies During the Atlantic Campaign
Panel A sessions are held in the DWS Conference Room, 6th Floor
Panel B sessions are held in the Pyramid Room, 4th Floor
Session 1 0900-1030
A1 – Chair – Malcolm Llewellyn-Jones, Naval Historical Branch
Ross Mahoney, University of Birmingham – ‘The Cinderella Service’: RAF Coastal Command, Organisational Culture and Cultural Adaption in the Battle of the Atlantic
Ben Jones, University of Porstmouth – The Fleet Air Arm and Trade Defence, 1939-1944
George Monahan, Suffolk County Community College, New York – Closing the Atlantic Air Gap: The Casablanca Conference and the Reassessment of Allied Antisubmarine Air Tactics
B1 – Chair TBA
Lars Hellwinkel – The German naval bases in France in World War II
Alexandre Moreli, Fundação Getulio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro – Hidden Behind the War: The Battle of the Atlantic and the Anglo-American rivalry for military and civil air facilities in the Azores Archipelago
Martin Morgan, University of Southern Mississippi – Outposts in the Azores: Lajes Field, the Battle of the Atlantic and the Importance of Airpower to Allied Grand Strategy
Session 2 11-1230
Chair: Andrew Lambert, King’s College London
Kevin Smith, Ball State University, Indiana – Meat Exports, Wartime Multilateralism, and the Managerial Challenges Posed by the Battle of the Atlantic: Secretary of Agriculture Claude Wickard’s Response to America’s Changing Global Role
Malcolm Llewellyn-Jones, Naval Historical Branch – Britain and the Approaching Shipping Crisis, 1942-1943
Session 3 1330-1500
A3 – Chair TBA
Harry Bennett, University of Plymouth – The other critical convoy battles of 1943: The Eclipse of the Schnellboot in the English Channel and North Sea
Russell A Hart, Hawai’i Pacific University – The Battle for the Atlantic Begins in the Baltic: The German Defense of the Baltic ‘Springboard’ for the Resumption of offensive U-Boat Operations in the Atlantic, 1944-45
Stephen Hart, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst – Dönitz’s Final Fling in the Battle of the Atlantic:” A Re-evaluation of the Development of the Kriegsmarine ‘Electro-boat’ Submarine Offensive and its Impact on German Military Strategy during 1945
B3 – Chair – Alessio Patalano, King’s College London
Antoine Capet, Université de Rouen – Fact and Fiction in Sink the Bismarck
Thomas M. Dykes, Blakelock H.S. School, Oakville, Ontario – Battle of the Atlantic Student Initiative
Session 4 1530-1630
A4 – Chair – Marcus Faulkner, King’s College London
Followed by Closing Remarks and Farewell
Attendance of the conference is free, however registration is necessary and the number of places is limited. These will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Should you wish to attend please contact Marcus Faulkner (email@example.com). General queries may also be addressed to the coorganisers of the conference Malcolm Llewellyn-Jones on behalf of the Society for Nautical Research (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Robert von Maier on behalf of Global War Studies (email@example.com).
N.B. The conference programme is correct as of 31st March 2013, however might be subject to last minute changes.
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