What is it about?

This paper examines the potential environmental impact of the German offensive against oil tankers in the North Atlantic and Caribbean during World War II, using modern large oil spills as a comparison for the long-term effects of many small oil spills.

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Why is it important?

A great deal of attention is given to major oil spills, but there are thousands of risks that pose long-lasting threats to the marine ecosystem due to prolonged oil leakage.


Writing this article was truly informative because environmental history is a new perspective. I hope this article prompts further discussion and research into the long-term effects of WWII-era oil spills.

Samuel Andriessen
U.S. Coast Guard Academy

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This page is a summary of: The Battle of the Atlantic: The environmental front of World War II, International Journal of Maritime History, November 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/0843871419878943.
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