The Battle of the Atlantic’s crucial… March 16, 1943 The largest convoy battle of World War II begins around convoys HX 229 and SC 122. In 1943 the battle reached its peak. By the fall of 1943, Allied convoys were able to cross the Atlantic with far fewer losses. The Battle of the North Atlantic resumed in full fury in February 1943, but by then the British had again broken the German naval codes. Then the Atlantic blew up a series of storms that severely limited the ability of the U-boats to operate in December 1942 and January 1943. Image: 80-G-32243: Lookouts on a destroyer's bridge scan the horizon while on an Atlantic Convoy, March 1943. The Battle of the Atlantic, 1943-1945 . April 4, 1943 U-boats sink three ships from convoy HX 231. I: The Battle of the Atlantic, September 1939–May 1945. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. March 28, 1943 U-boats sink four ships from convoy SL 126. https://www.history.co.uk/history-of-ww2/battle-of-the-atlantic As the Battle of the Atlantic progressed, German U- boat losses would begin to mount. On March 1, 1942, a US Navy PBO Ventura sank U-656 off the Canadian coast. April. (2016/12/13). Although the waters of the Atlantic witnessed many a naval battle throughout the Second World War, the longest and most important, the Battle of the Atlantic, reached its height between 1940 and 1943, pitting the Allies against the German navy and its formidable fleet of submarines, known as U-boats. X: The Atlantic Battle Won, May 1943–May 1945. For three critical months, the United States had no success against the U-boats, while the East Coast was increasingly unsafe for American ships. The Germans had a large number of submarines in the Atlantic, but the Allies had broken the German secret codes and had developed new technologies for fighting submarines. Dates: 1939 to 1943 Location: Atlantic Ocean Outcome: The Germans put a halt to U-boat operations in the Atlantic on 23 May 1943. Runyan, Timothy J., and Jan M. Copes, eds., To Die Gallantly: The Battle of the Atlantic. 24/05/1943: The battle of the Atlantic is officially concluded as won by Allies, due to the withdrawal of virtually all U-boats from the Atlantic by Admiral Dönitz, C-in-C of the Kriegsmarine after the loss of 56 boats in April and May. ———History of United States Naval Operations in World War II Vol. Between the 7th and 11th, slow convoy SC121 lost 13 ships. April 17, 1943 May 1943 saw another turning point in the battle. Submitted by Jason McDonald on Sat, 2014-05-24 13:32. Battle of the Atlantic - Throughout the war a large proportion of the losses due to U-boats were among independently routed merchantmen and stragglers from convoys, but in March 1943 the Germans came close to overwhelming well escorted convoys. 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