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A Deepwater World War II Battlefield: The German U-boat, U-166, and Passenger Freighter Robert E. Lee

Author(s): Robert Church ; Daniel Warren ; Robert Westrick

Year: 2016

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Summary

During World War II, Germany sent their U-boats to the Gulf of Mexico to conduct warfare on merchant shipping.  As a result approximately seventy merchant vessels were sunk or damaged with only one U-boat lost in the Gulf of Mexico during that action.  The wreck sites of the German U-boat, U-166 and it last victim the passenger freighter Robert E. Lee were first investigated by archaeologists in 2001.  Fourteen years of historical and archaeological research reveals the intricacies of this deepwater battlefield.


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A Deepwater World War II Battlefield: The German U-boat, U-166, and Passenger Freighter Robert E. Lee. Robert Church, Daniel Warren, Robert Westrick. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 435051)


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Temporal Keywords
World War II


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 228

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America