U-Boats in New England

Submarine Patrols, Survivors and Saboteurs 1942-45

Eric Wiberg

Starting weeks after Hitler declared war on the United States in mid-December 1941 and lasting until the war with Germany was all but over, 73 German U-Boats sustainably attacked New England waters, from Montauk New York to the tip of Nova Scotia at Cape Sable.
Date Published :
July 2019
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Language:
English
Illustration :
B&W
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781781557204
Pages : 416
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.15 inches
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Overview
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Starting weeks after Hitler declared war on the United States in mid-December 1941 and lasting until the war with Germany was all but over, 73 German U-Boats sustainably attacked New England waters, from Montauk New York to the tip of Nova Scotia at Cape Sable. Fifteen percent of these boats were sunk by Allied counter-attacks, five surrendered in the region, and three were sunk off New England—Block Island, Massachusetts Bay, and off Nantucket. These have proven appealing to divers, with a result that at least three German naval officers or ratings are buried in New England, one having killed himself in the Boston jail cell. There were 34 Allied merchant or naval ships sunk by these subs, one of them, the ‘Eagle’, was not admitted to have been sunk by the Germans until decades later. Over 1,100 men were thrown in the water and 545 of them made it ashore in New England ports; 428 were killed. Importantly, saboteurs were landed three places: Long Island, Frenchman’s Bay Maine and New Brunswick Canada, and Boston was mined. Very little was known about this.

About The Author
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Eric Wiberg has delivered over thirty yachts to or from Bermuda since the 1980s. A maritime lawyer educated in Rhode Island, Boston, Oxford and Lisbon, this is his sixth book of nautical non-fiction and second of a trilogy. Originally from the Bahamas, he has worked and lived in Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Americas, and has now settled outside New York, where he works in the shipping industry. He came to know Bermuda’s maritime history during a 15-year, 100-vessel yacht-delivery and racing career, and has numerous helpful sources there.

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