Wednesday, October 14, 2015


"In the winter of 1942, while America's attention was on the Pacific, German submarines began attacking ships off the North Carolina and Virginia coasts. Over the course of six months, the human toll reached into the thousands." 

The Dixie Arrow is torpedoed March 26, 1942

So reads a short blurb on The Virginian-Pilot website about a 52-page reprint, Torpedoed, that includes all eight parts of the newspaper's story of German submarine attacks on US merchant ships from January to June, 1942. The series, by Diane Tennant, was originally published from Aug. 2-9, 2009, in The Virginian-Pilot. The booklet is available here:

By early July, 1942, at least 367 ships were damaged or sunk off the East Coast of North America, in the Gulf of Mexico, and north of the Caribbean Sea. In North Carolina waters alone, more than eighty ships were sunk, and hundreds of lives lost.  

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is a reproduction of a 1960s booklet titled The Great Ocracoke Cat Hunt. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous11:40 AM

    PH have you read the book Dead Wake? Different war story but WWII could not have happened without WWI.

    1. I have not read Dead Wake, but it is now on my list of books to look at.