The Longest Campaign

Britain's Maritime Struggle in the Atlantic and Northwest Europe, 1939-1945

Brian Walter

A complete account of the British maritime contribution to victory in World War II.
Publication date:
April 2020
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Casemate Publishers
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ISBN : 9781612008561

Dimensions : 229 X 152 mm
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• A complete and balanced account of the maritime struggle in the Atlantic theatre
• Covers the contribution of all British participants - the Royal Navy, Air Force and the merchant marine
• Highly detailed but very readable account
• The book recounts the finest hour of Britain's long and illustrious maritime history. It is arguably Britain's greatest military triumph
• The campaign covered in the book dwarfed concurrent conflicts that were underway in the Pacific and Mediterranean in terms of scope and relevance
• The book is more than just another retelling of the U-boat scourge

For four centuries the British realm depended upon sea power to defend its interest and independence against a myriad of threats both military and economic. During this time the Royal Navy established itself as the sovereign of the Seas, helping transform England, and later Great Britain, from an unassuming island nation perched on the edge of the European continent to the centre of a global empire. Yet the advent of World War II presented Britain's maritime services with their greatest challenge to date. At stake was the survival of the nation. The Longest Campaign tells the story of this epic struggle and the indispensable role that British sea power played in bringing about the victory that shaped the world we live in today.

The Longest Campaign is a complete, balanced and detailed account of the activities, results and relevance of Britain's maritime effort in the Atlantic and off northwest Europe throughout World War II. It looks at the entire breadth of the maritime conflict, exploring the contributions of all participants including the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and British merchant marine and their Commonwealth equivalents. It puts the maritime conflict in the context of the overall war effort and shows how the various operations and campaigns were intertwined. Finally it provides unique analysis of the effectiveness of the British maritime effort and role it played in bringing about the final Allied victory.


In straight and well-organised narrative form, every imaginable incident or event that occurred in the north Atlantic region during World War II is described fully and in a manner that holds the reader's interest in a tight grip.
Baird Maritime

[I] was absorbed by this interesting different analysis… a thoroughly well-researched book, written in a very compact comprehensive but most readable style and is certainly strongly recommended.