Can you raise the cash for the Battle of the Atlantic Museum?

Telegram from Prime Minister Winston Churchill to US President Truman June 1945

Catalogue ref: PREM 3/413/7

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With the surrender of Germany the Battle of the Atlantic has ended; German U-boats have ceased to operate and are now proceeding under Allied Orders.

Beginning in September 1939 it has been a long and relentless struggle; a struggle demanding not only the utmost courage, daring and endurance, but also the highest scientific and technical skill.

Germany’s object was to cut the Allied sea communications, upon which the maintenance of the Allied war effort depended. This included the movements and supply of armies and air forces during successful campaigns in four continents.

Losses have been heavy both in lives and materials; at the peak in 1941 and 1942 the issue of the struggle hung in the balance. On the other hand over 700 U-boats have been sunk and many others have been destroyed by the Germans themselves in the final stage. Most of these successes have been achieved by the combined Allied naval and air forces working in the closest co-operation; others are due to mines laid from aircraft and ships; others to bombing in harbour, and a few U-boats were lost by marine dangers.

But success was achieved. Thanks to the sailors and airmen, the scientists and technicians,

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the shipbuilders and the factory workers, the convoys reached their destination, and enabled the soldiers and the airmen to fulfil their tasks. [Two lines of text struck out]

We, President and Prime Minister, in this our last joint statement on the U-boat war can now report that the Allies have finished the job.