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  •  Not sure about that, actually... (1+ / 0-)
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    LilithGardener

    my Mom is from Boston, born in 1933 - and she told me once about standing on the beach on Cape Cod during WWII and watching burning freighters and tankers sink just a few miles offshore.

    From what I know of the war in the Atlantic, that must have been during the initial period of our entry, before we realized that we needed convoys and a blackout.  All the U-boats needed to do was to get a ship between them and a city, and they were perfectly backlit, without any escort protection.  It was not pretty.

    •  Drumbeat of violence (1+ / 0-)
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      PeterHug

      The ship sinkings off the US coast were the result of Operation Drumbeat.

      US Admiral King was so anti-British that he rejected all advice about the necessity of convoys. Not until US shipping losses became unbearable did he reluctantly order a change.

      Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

      by saugatojas on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 01:53:14 AM PDT

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