By Ed Offley
On June 15, 1942, as hundreds of thousands of tourists lounged within the sunlight at Virginia seashore, huge fireballs erupted simply offshore from a convoy of oil tankers steaming into Chesapeake Bay. whereas males, girls, and kids gaped from the shore, broken oil tankers fell out of line and commenced to sink. Then a small escort warship blew aside in a violent explosion. army warships and plane peppered the water with intensity fees, yet to no avail. in the subsequent twenty-four hours, a fourth send lay on the backside of the channel— all sufferers of twenty-nine-year-old Kapitänleutnant Horst Degen and his team aboard the German U-boat U-701.
In The Burning Shore, acclaimed army reporter Ed Offley provides an exciting account of the bloody U-boat offensive alongside America’s east coast through the first 1/2 1942, utilizing the tale of Degen’s 3 battle patrols as a lens by which to view this forgotten bankruptcy of worldwide conflict II. for 6 months, German U-boats prowled the waters off the jap seaboard, sinking service provider ships with impunity, and perilous to sever the lifeline of offers flowing from the US to nice Britain. Degen’s profitable infiltration of the Chesapeake Bay in mid-June drove domestic the U-boats’ good fortune, and his fabulous assault terrified the yank public as by no means ahead of. yet Degen’s cruise used to be interrupted lower than a month later, whilst U.S. military Air Forces Lieutenant Harry J. Kane and his aircrew noticed the silhouette of U-701 offshore. the resultant conflict signaled a severe turning aspect within the conflict of the Atlantic—and set the degree for an not likely friendship among of the episode’s survivors.
A gripping story of heroism and sacrifice, The Burning Shore leads readers right into a little-known theater of worldwide conflict II, the place Hitler’s U-boats got here on the subject of successful the conflict of the Atlantic earlier than American sailors and airmen may ultimately force them away.
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Low-key C o m m a n d e r Frederick Moosbrugger w a s well liked by subordinates. Victor at the battle of Vella Gulf in 1943, he w a s placed in overall c o m m a n d of the destroyers on the picket lines at O k i n a w a in 1945. (NARA 80-G-331686) The Aleutian Islands The South Pacific was not the only front. The need to contest the Aleutian Islands, the "birthplace of bad weather," stemmed from a misperception of their strategic value. After the Japanese had occupied Attu and Kiska Islands in 1 9 4 2 , the US Navy devoted resources - eventually including three battleships - to rooting them out.
It also selected 14 destroyers of prewar design for special honors. Smith, Sterett, Maury, Laffey, and Buchanan all received the Presidential Unit Citation for their roles in the Solomons campaign; Hobson was part of a hunter-killer task group in the Atlantic in 1944 that received the same award. Bailey was singled out to receive the Navy Unit Commendation for the torpedo attack at the battle of the Komandorski Islands in 1943; Woolsey, Plunkett, and Hilary P. Jones were also recognized for their performances in the Mediterranean in 1943-44, as were minesweepers Rodman, Emmons, Macomb, and Butler for Okinawa.
These ships lived on, however, in the memories of shipmates, some of whom still held annual reunions 70 years later - and, in the case of some Operation Monstrous veterans who developed a warm relationship with the U-616 survivors they had rescued - their legacy treasured by family members, friends, admirers, and even their former enemies. Enemies no more: destroyers had t h e honor of receiving t h e surrender at several locations. Here in Dunlap's wardroom after t h e surrender of the Bonin Islands, Captain Harold S m i t h , USN discusses additional details with J a p a n e s e Captains Nishiyotsuji a n d S u g i m u r a .
The Burning Shore: How Hitler’s U-Boats Brought World War II to America by Ed Offley