Convoy System: Definition, WW1 & WW2


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In the First World War, what caused the British to shift their convoy fleets from the English Channel to the open Atlantic Ocean?

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1. What new naval threat during the First World War prompted the British to employ convoys for defensive purposes?

2. What deal between the United States and Great Britain during the Second World War gave Britain fifty dated ships for the purpose of escorts?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The convoy system in both world wars was an integral part of the Allies' strategy, and this quiz and worksheet will gauge your knowledge of how the convoy system worked. Quiz questions will focus on origins and elements of the convoy system.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This pair of assessments will test you on:

  • British naval strategy in WWI
  • New threat that necessitated defensive convoys
  • Agreements that gave Britain old U.S. ships for escort purposes
  • Patterns for trans-Atlantic convoys
  • New technology to record underwater sounds

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - make sure you understand key information from the related WWI & WWII convoy lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about the threat that inspired the creation of the convoy system
  • Knowledge application - utilize your knowledge to answer questions about historical events related to convoys across the Atlantic

Additional Learning

If you want to know more about the convoy system in WWI & WWII, read the accompanying lesson titled Convoy System: Definition, WW1 & WW2. The lesson will go over the following key topics:

  • Historical situation that prompted the use of the convoy system
  • The Lusitania and its importance to modern convoy systems
  • Differences in convoy strategy in WWI & WWII