https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfpack_Westljadw wrote: ↑09 Apr 2023 17:13The wolfpacks were attacking not the Allied shipping in 1941, but the British shipping :war between Germany and US started de jure on 11 December 1941 .Besides the results of the wolfpacks were unimportant,as they could not force Britain to surrender .CogCalgary wrote: ↑09 Apr 2023 15:17Tripoli di Syria was under Vichy French control.ljadw wrote: ↑09 Apr 2023 10:04The situation in 1941 was the following :
The WM had failed to force the UK to give up and meanwhile US was arming to join the war .Against a British/US coalition Germany was powerless .
The only possibility was to prevent the US from entering the war by forcing Britain to give up .And this could, following Hitler only happen by the elimination of the USSR,as Germany could directly do nothing against the US.
Iraq was for Germany very secondary ,for Britain it was more important but still secondary as Britain's oil came mainly from the American continent .
Iraq was for Churchill only politically important :the tabloids would whine if Iraq was lost and would blame him .
Tripoli di Syria was not important for Britain as it was a French colony and as Britain did not use the Mediterranean to transport its oil .The Palmach commandos were used to prevent the Germans from using the terminus .
As mentioned,wolfpacks were gorging on Allied shipping in the Atlantic at this exact time.
Bombing continued in England.
Rommel took control of North African forces and Egypt was the goal .
Nothing was certain.Churches were full.
The results of the bomber attacks on Britain were the same :the LW failed .
Egypt was not Syria and the loss of Egypt or even of the ME would not force Britain to surrender .
The Heer failed, the LW failed, the KM failed .
First entry is May 8,1941.
19 out of 23 U-boat commanders went on to receive the Knight'Cross.Most ships were British.Sure sounds successful.19 in May 1941 alone were sunk.