Battle of the Atlantic gallery
The first floor of Merseyside Maritime Museum, including this gallery, is closed to the public from Monday 23 to Friday 27 February to allow for essential gallery refurbishment.
Access to other floors is not affected. During March there may be further dates when first floor public access is affected. Please check the website for updates before you visit.
"The Battle of the Atlantic was the dominating factor all through the war..."
The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest campaign of the Second World War. It was also perhaps the most crucial. For Britain it began on the first day of the war and continued until the last, almost six years later.
In 1939 Britain depended on its North Atlantic shipping routes. It could not survive for long against the superior military and industrial strength of Nazi Germany. It needed essential imports from the United States and Canada.
In the museum's Battle of the Atlantic gallery you can discover the vital role played by the Merchant Navy in keeping Britain alive during these dark days. Find out about:
- The men and ships of Britain's merchant fleet, and why they were Britain's lifeline.
- The German threat - U-boats and surface ships.
- Defending the line - the weapons, technology and tactics that kept the ships safe
- Liverpool and the Battle of the Atlantic - Liverpool's role as Britain's most important port during the war
Battle of the Atlantic 70th anniversary
2013 was the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. Find out more about this crucial campaign of the Second World War in our Battle of the Atlantic online feature.