War On Our Doorstep: U-boats Off The Mid-Atlantic Coast

Author(s): Tane Renata Casserley

Year: 2018


More than any other place in the United States, coastal Virginia and North Carolina serve as a uniquely accessible underwater museum and memorial to WWII’s Battle of the Atlantic. Since 2008, NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and partners have documented and surveyed this unique collection of WWII Allied and German vessels. NOAA’s goal is to protect these fragile historic resources for future generations, and to preserve the memory of the brave Allied service men and U.S. merchant mariners who fought to rid the world of tyranny. This paper will discuss the Battle of the Atlantic along the Mid-Atlantic coast, its effects on shipping, and the adaptation of the convoy system that finally changed the tide against the U-boat threat. It was also focus on one particular U-boat, U-701, that represents both the sheer audacity of Germany’s aggression and the turning of the tide against the U-boats effectiveness. 

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War On Our Doorstep: U-boats Off The Mid-Atlantic Coast. Tane Renata Casserley. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441462)

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Geographic Keywords
North America United States of America

Temporal Keywords
WWII, 1939-1945

Spatial Coverage

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

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 540