CAM Ships – Protecting the Convoy from the Condors

Great post about a little piece of history on naval warfare in WWII.

Defence of the Realm

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Much has been written about the Battle of the Atlantic and the convoys that kept Britain alive. One aspect of this battleground has largely been forgotten however being overshadowed by the menace of the U-Boats. Dönitz‘s U-Boats were just the end of an an intelligence gathering campaign to track the convoys that started with the four engined Focke-Wulf Fw200 Condor maritime patrol plane. With a range in excess of 2,000 miles and bases in France and Norway the Condor could sweep large areas of the Atlantic, detecting and tracking the convoys before passing that information on to the U-Boat command who relayed that data back to the U-Boats via the Enigma coding machine. Destroying the Fw200s before they could get back to occupied Europe with their information became a matter of urgency.

The Fw200 Condor provided the U-Boats with vital intelligence The Fw200 Condor provided the U-Boats with vital intelligence

The Royal Navy had conducted tests launching Sea…

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