Long Night of the Tankers

Long Night of the Tankers presents a fresh account of a lesser-known but critical component of the Atlantic naval theatre during World War II. Using war diaries, after-action reports, and first-hand accounts, authors Bercuson and Herwig examine the story behind Operation Neuland, the German plan to interrupt vital oil supplies from reaching the United States and the United Kingdom by preventing Allied oil tankers from leaving refineries in the Caribbean. The story begins in February 1942 and follows this German attempt to scuttle the Allied war machine through to the end of the war. Told largely from the German perspective, it details the planning and execution of the Germans and the diplomatic, political, and military responses of the Allies, particularly the United States, to overcome the German effort.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Long Night of the Tankers 1
Series Page 3
Full Title Page 4
Copyright Page 5
Dedication 6
Table of Contents 8
Acknowledgments 10
Prologue 12
Introduction 22
1: “RUM AND COCA-COLA”:THE YANKEES ARE COMING! 40
2: ATTACK ON ARUBA 60
3: LONG NIGHT OF THE TANKERS 78
4: MARTINIQUE 94
5: “THE FERRET OF PORT OF SPAIN” 110
6: WAR COMES TO ST. LUCIA 128
7: TORPEDO JUNCTION 146
8: HUNTING OFF THE ORINOCO 166
9: WAR BENEATH THE SOUTHERN CROSS 182
10: THE ALLIES REGROUP 200
11: WHITE CHRISTMAS 218
12: THE ALLIES STRIKE BACK 234
13: A HARD WAR:HARTENSTEIN AND U-156 252
14: HIGH NOON IN THE CARIBBEAN AND THE SOUTH ATLANTIC 264
15: GUNDOWN: U-615 AND U-161 276
CONCLUSION 296
GLOSSARY 308
NOTES 318
BIBLIOGRAPHY 340
INDEX 354
Back Cover 365
Cover 366