Maritime Communications – Communications Officer of PC-486

Battle for Maritime Communications during World War II

In 1938, Germany had only 3 “pocket” battleships, 6 light cruisers, 7 destroyers, 12 torpedo boats, and 36 submarines—many of which were unfit for ocean service[1]. The British Home Fleet alone had: 15 battleships, 62 cruisers, 7 aircraft carriers, 178 destroyers, and 56 submarines[2]. As the war drew closer, German naval planners were convened by …

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