* From Battle Report: The Battle of the Atlantic. Copyright 1945 by Walter Karig, and reprinted by permission of Farrar and Rinehart, Inc., publisher.
By the first of March, 1945, three great fissures had been blasted in Hiller’s Fortress Europe. Fleets of the United States and Great Britain steadily, relentlessly poured through them the sea-borne armies of the United Nations.
The Battle of the Atlantic was won. The Battle of Europe was being won.
It seemed, even in the Navy Department in Washington, and the Admiralty in London, that the fleets had accomplished their mission in the war against Hitler. They had beaten his submarines; they had battered down the sea walls of his continent and put their armies ashore, and now there remained only the humdrum labor of maintaining unending delivery of more troops, more munitions, to the portals of battle.