Long Night of the Tankers: Hitler's War Against Caribbean Oil
Published by: University of Calgary Press
Imprint: University of Calgary Press
Sales Date: 2014-06-04
Published: June 2014
368 Pages, 152.00 x 228.00 x 22.80 mm, 24 b&w photographs, notes, bibliography, index
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Long Night of the Tankers presents a fresh account of a lesser-known but critical component of the Atlantic naval theatre during World War II. Using war diaries, after-action reports, and first-hand accounts, authors Bercuson and Herwig examine the story behind Operation Neuland, the German plan to interrupt vital oil supplies from reaching the United States and the United Kingdom by preventing Allied oil tankers from leaving refineries in the Caribbean. The story begins in February 1942 and follows this German attempt to scuttle the Allied war machine through to the end of the war. Told largely from the German perspective, it details the planning and execution of the Germans and the diplomatic, political, and military responses of the Allies, particularly the United States, to overcome the German effort.
Chapter 1: "Rum and Coca-Cola:" The Yankees are Coming!
Chapter 2: Attack on Aruba
Chapter 3: Long Night of the Tankers
Chapter 4: Martinique
Chapter 5: "The Ferret of Port of Spain"
Chapter 6: War Comes to St. Lucia
Chapter 7: Torpedo Junction
Chapter 8: Hunting Off the Orinoco
Chapter 9: War Beneath the Southern Cross
Chapter 10: The Allies Regroup
Chapter 11: White Christmas
Chapter 12: The Allies Strike Back
Chapter 13: A Hard War: Hartenstein and U-156
Chapter 14: High Noon in the Caribbean and the South Atlantic
Chapter 15: Gundown: U-615 and U-161
- NASOH John Lyman Book Award for U.S. Naval History