Torpedo Junction

U-Boat War Off America's East Coast, 1942
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Published:May 3, 1996
By Homer Hickam (Author)

Known for centuries as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic" and dubbed "Torpedo Junction" by the brave men who fought there in World War II, the treacherous seas off the coast of North Carolina hid the deadly German submarines that waged a six-month-long attack on Allied merchant ships. The details of that war are told in a fast-paced narrative that puts the reader in the midst of the action. Just a handful of U-boats sank more Allied tonnage by mid 1942 than the entire Japanese navy would claim in the Pacific.

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In 1942 German U-boats turned the shipping lanes off Cape Hatteras into a sea of death. Cruising up and down the U.S. eastern seaboard, they sank 259 ships, littering the waters with cargo and bodies. As astonished civilians witnessed explosions from American beaches, fighting men dubbed the area "Torpedo Junction." And while the U.S. Navy failed to react, a handful of Coast Guard sailors scrambled to the front lines. Outgunned and out-maneuvered, they heroically battled the deadliest fleet of submarines ever launched. Never was Germany closer to winning the war.

In a moving ship-by-ship account of terror and rescue at sea, Homer Hickam chronicles a little-known saga of courage, ingenuity, and triumph in the early years of World War II. From nerve-racking sea duels to the dramatic ordeals of sailors and victims on both sides of the battle, Hickam dramatically captures a war we had to win--because this one hit terrifyingly close to home.

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Product Details
  • Subject: World War II
  • Paperback : 368 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (May 3, 1996)
  • ISBN-10: 1557503621
  • ISBN-13: 9781557503626
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
  • Shipping Weight: 19.04 lb

Homer H. Hickam, Jr., was born and raised in Coalwood, West Virginia. The author of Torpedo Junction, a Military History Book of the Month Club selection, as well as numerous articles for such publications as Smithsonian Air and Space and American History Illustrated, he is a NASA payload training manager for the International Space Program and lives in Huntsville, Alabama.

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