The Burning Shore

The Burning Shore

How Hitler's U-boats Brought World War II to America

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"On June 15, 1942, as thousands of vacationers lounged in the sun at Virginia Beach, two massive fireballs erupted just offshore from a convoy of oil tankers steaming into Chesapeake Bay. While men, women, and children gaped from the shore, two damaged oil tankers fell out of line and began to sink. Then a small escort warship blew apart in a violent explosion. Navy warships and aircraft peppered the water with depth charges, but to no avail. Within the next twenty-four hours, a fourth ship lay at the bottom of the channel--all victims of twenty-nine-year-old Kapitänleutnant Horst Degen and his crew aboard the German U-boat U-701. In The Burning Shore, acclaimed military reporter Ed Offley presents a thrilling account of the bloody U-boat offensive along America's East Coast during the first half of 1942, using the story of Degen's three war patrols as a lens through which to view this forgotten chapter of World War II. For six months, German U-boats prowled the waters off the Eastern Seaboard, sinking merchant ships with impunity, and threatening to sever the lifeline of supplies flowing from America to Great Britain. Degen's successful infiltration of the Chesapeake Bay in mid-June drove home the U-boats' success, and his spectacular attack terrified the American public as never before. But Degen's cruise was interrupted less than a month later, when U.S. Army Air Forces Lieutenant Harry J. Kane and his aircrew spotted the silhouette of U-701 offshore. The ensuing clash signaled a critical turning point in the Battle of the Atlantic--and set the stage for an unlikely friendship between two of the episode's survivors. A gripping tale of heroism and sacrifice, The Burning Shore leads readers into a little-known theater of World War II, where Hitler's U-boats came close to winning the Battle of the Atlantic before American sailors and airmen could finally drive them away"--
Publisher: New York :, Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group,, 2014.
ISBN: 9780465029617
Branch Call Number: 940.5451 OF
Characteristics: pages cm


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ChristchurchLib Jun 09, 2014

"Soon after the U.S. formally entered World War II in December, 1941, German submarines began attacking American ships near the Atlantic Coast. American forces were inadequately trained and equipped to defend against submarines, and the U-boats strangled the American lifeline to Britain. On July 7, 1942, the destruction of the most effective German submarine, U-701, brought their marauding to an end. In The Burning Shore, military historian Edward Offley details the Germans' strategies, the American efforts to stop them, and the final, dramatic confrontation between an Army Air Force plane and U-701, creating a stirring depiction of this brief period for anyone interested in World War II or naval history." History and Current Events June 2014 newsletter


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Jun 24, 2014

"You can always count on Americans to do the right thing—after they tried everything else.” –Winston Churchill, pg. 159


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