The story of the Battle of the Atlantic

painting showing a convoy of ships in the River Mersey

'A Convoy Arrives in Liverpool' by D Cobb, 1989

"The Battle of the Atlantic was the dominating factor all through the war..." Winston Churchill

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 6 years later.  The museum’s Battle of the Atlantic gallery tells this story in eight sections.  You can also find out more about the Battle of the Atlantic here, including the crucial role played by the Merchant Navy and the Port of Liverpool:


This web feature is based on text from the Merseyside Maritime Museum's Battle of the Atlantic gallery.  It is dedicated to the men and women of many nations who worked, fought and died to keep the Atlantic lifeline open for Britain and her allies during the Second World War.  It does not pretend to tell the whole story.