Atlantic Lynchpin

The Azores in Two World Wars

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  • Illustrations:
    200 b/w photographs
  • Published:
    January 15, 2022
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  • Product Dimensions:
    9.5 × 6.7 × 1 in
  • Product Weight:
    16 oz
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On a map, the Azores appear as nine tiny specks in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, but their location was to prove strategically vital in two world wars. The Atlantic became a crucial battleground twice within the space of 25 years, as the U.S. arsenal of democracy sent firstly stores, arms, and equipment, followed by many thousands of troops to fight in Europe. In both desperate and closely fought struggles at sea, Germany sought to stem the flow and thereby win the war, by cutting this vital lifeline, using a new weapon—the ocean-going submarine.


The significance of the Azores has been overlooked in most military histories, but this extensively researched and copiously illustrated book from historian Guy Warner provides a detailed but balanced appraisal. The author has had access to archives and photographic collections in the UK, U.S., Portugal, and the Azores, consulting with local historians to produce a book that sheds much new light on a hitherto under-appreciated facet of twentieth-century history.

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Editorial Reviews

"Guy Warner’s book draws welcome attention to an under-researched subject, and Atlantic Linchpin is a readable account of life for American and British service personnel stationed there during the two world wars. One hopes that a more thoroughgoing study of the wider aspects will follow, with greater attention paid to the role of the navies involved and also to the position of Portugal as an uneasy ally." —Warship
"Warner’s extensive research conducted on the military and aviation history of the Azores culminates in Atlantic Linchpin. His thorough examination of personal accounts and government documents permits him to brilliantly describe the careful planning and politicking behind the military operations on the islands. Atlantic Linchpin: The Azores in Two World Wars remains an excellent companion for anyone interested in learning about the naval and aeronautical roles these islands played in, and between, both World Wars." — Nautical Research Journal