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U-Boats in New England
Submarine Patrols, Survivors and Saboteurs 1942-45
- 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.
- Foreword; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1 Early 1942: The First Four U-boats Attack the `Thirlby', the `Norness', and the `Alexandra Hoegh'; 2 Five U-boats Follow Up: U-654, U-106, U-103, U-107, and U-578; 3 The Coastal Picket Forms (1942-1943); 4 Five U-boats Attack the `Norland', the `Polyphemus', the `Berganger', and the `Cayru'; 5 A Dozen U-boats Attack the `Ranja', the `Thursobank', the `Hertford', and the `Nemanja'; 6 Two Boats Sink Three Ships: the `West Imboden', the `Pipestone County', and the `Taborfjell'; 7 Five U-boats Attack the `Skottland', the `Fort Binger', the `Plow City', and the `Margot'; 8 U-213 Inserts the First German Saboteur into the Bay of Fundy; 9 Two U-boats Attack the `Peisander', the `Mattawin', and the `Fort Qu'Appelle'; 10 One Boat and Attacks on the `Zurichmoor', the `Liverpool Packet', the `Ben' and `Josephine', the `Aeolus', and the `Malayan Prince'; 11 The Boston Minefield and Five U-boats Attack the `Moldanger', the `Port Nicholson', and the `Cherokee'; 12 Second Saboteur Landing, Amagansett, Long Island by U-202; 13 Ten U-boats Attack the `Lucille M' and the `Alexander Macomb'; 14 The Tragic Saga of the Lifeboat of the Wind Ship `Angelus'; 15 Six U-boats and the Battle to Attack and Save the Tanker `Pan Pennsylvania'; 16 Three Boats and the Diminutive Fishing Schooner `Lark'; 17 The Third Saboteur Landing off Bar Harbor, Maine, and the `Cornwallis'; 18 Last Gasps: Four U-boats and the `Atlantic States', `USS Eagle 56', and the `Black Point'; 19 Eight Surrenders: U-858, U-1228, U-805, U-873, U-234, U-977, U-889, and U-530; 20 Thirteen French and Italian Allied Submarines and Five German Cold War U-boats;'Conclusion; Postscript; Appendix I: Patrols and Fates of Ninety German, Italian, and French U-boats and Submarines; Appendix II: Thirty-Eight Merchant and One Naval Victims; Appendix III: Sixteen Ports Where 649 Survivors Landed; Appendix IV: Burial Locations of Eight U-boat Sailors; Appendix V: Fates of Ten U-boats Lost During and After the War; Endnotes; Bibliography; Index.
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