A bar chart showing the average number of U-boats – both German and Italian – operating in the Atlantic and the number sunk or probably sunk between September 1939 and April 1945.
This is one page of a file of charts kept with Churchill’s official Prime Ministerial papers.
The war with Japan in the Far East is still ongoing. Officials prepared these graphs summarising U-boat activity in the Atlantic.
Remember, we’re hoping that this source can be useful to us in investigating why Winston Churchill was so worried about the Battle of the Atlantic. Sources usually help historians in two ways:
Which of the inferences below can be made from this source?
|On a scale of 1-5 how far do you agree that this source supports this inference?
|Which extract(s) from the source support your argument?
|The Royal Navy was very good at sinking U-boats.
|The Royal Navy got better at sinking U-boats as the battle progressed.
|Germany had enough U-boats to win the Battle of the Atlantic.
|Germany never had enough U-boats to win the Battle of the Atlantic.
|You can make data tell you anything you want!
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