Bloodstained Sea: The U.S. Coast Guard in the Battle of the Atlantic 1941-1944
Published by Cutter Publishing
Historic battles, daring rescues, and covert missions—the untold story of the U.S. Coast Guard in World War II
Americans called it "Torpedo Junction," Germans "Devil's Gorge," but historians know it as the Battle of the Atlantic—the Allied struggle to move desperately needed supplies from America to Europe through devastating assaults by German U-boats, ships, and aircraft. Now for the first time, Bloodstained Sea describes in vivid detail the heroic actions of the Coast Guard ships that defended Allied convoys en route through the North Atlantic to England.
Eyewitness accounts assembled from hundreds of interviews propel the reader into the thick of a battle. There, courageous but overmatched Coast Guard escorts braved the torpedo attacks of U-boat wolf packs to rescue thousands of men while thousands of others perished. Told in the voices of the men who lived it, this epic drama reveals the indomitable fighting spirit of the World War II Coast Guard.
"Bloodstained Sea is an exquisitely researched, thoroughly absorbing history of the Coast Guard's role in the greatest sea battle ever fought. Walling's frequent quotes from surviving veterans give the book a powerful, refreshing intimacy. This book is for everyone who ever went to sea, and for their sons and daughters."
- Stephen Coonts, best selling author of the Jake Grafton series