Battle of the Gulf: Archaeological Investigations in the other American Theater of World War II U-boat Operations
Author(s): Douglas Jones
Following the early success of Operation Drumbeat off the American East Coast, German Naval Vice Admiral Karl Dönitz turned his periscopes towards similarly wide-open hunting grounds in the Gulf of Mexico. For a brief but intense period beginning in the spring of 1942 U-boat attacks claimed over 50 Allied Merchant Marine casualties in the Gulf, and crippled many more. Over the last decade many of these wrecks have been located during federally-regulated oil and gas surveys, and subsequently been the subjects of archaeological and biological studies. This paper will highlight the historical and archaeological research that has been conducted to date, the role of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in this process, and where continued research on Battle of the Gulf wrecks may head in the future.
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Battle of the Gulf: Archaeological Investigations in the other American Theater of World War II U-boat Operations. Douglas Jones. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433775)
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