Naval History and Heritage Command

National Museum of the U.S. Navy

1942:  Atlantic Convoys

Following United States' entry into World War II, Germany decided to undertake Operation Drumbeat (Paukenschlag), which was the initial wave of German U-boats meant for a fast and suprise attack on the United States east coast and Allied shipping.   Images pertain to Allied merchant ship crewmembers and vessels damaged, or sunk, by German U-boats during 1942. 

Image:  80-G-2199:  North Atlantic Convoy, February 1942.  Note the heavy seas.  Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.  (2015/10/20).