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Derry's role in the battle of the Atlantic

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At the beginning of the Second World War the City of Londonderry was considered by most of its inhabitants to be far from any possible hostilities. No one could have suspected at that time that the city would become the most important naval escort base in the Battle of the Atlantic.



Assignment1 Derry / Londonderry and the Battle of the Atlantic
In this investigation we have collected a range of written and visual sources to help you study the role of the City of Londonderry in the Battle of the Atlantic. What information can you find within the different sources to answer the following questions.

• What was the Battle of the Atlantic?
• Why was Londonderry the most important naval escort base in the Battle of the Atlantic?
• What were the key roles that the city played in the Battle of the Atlantic?
• How did Londonderry transform itself into a major naval base?
• What dangers did the convoys face crossing the Atlantic?
• How did the Allied forces combat the U-boats?
• What social changes took place in the city as a result of the war?
• What impression do the written sources give of Allied military strengths and weaknesses?
• What impression do the visual sources give of Allied military strength and weaknesses? 

This assignment can be presented in the form of an essay, a classroom discussion or a multimedia Powerpoint presentation.

         

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