Nazi Attack on America

A sunken German U-boat off the coast of New Orleans tells the story of Operation Drumbeat. Airing May 6, 2015 at 9 pm on PBS Aired May 6, 2015 on PBS

Program Description

Long before 9/11, a far deadlier, little-known attack from the ocean depths struck our shores, lasting three-and-a-half years and claiming 5,000 lives. Now, famed undersea explorer Bob Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic, investigates the wreck of one of the attack craft, a German submarine that lies at the bottom of the gulf just a few miles off New Orleans. U-166 was part of Operation Drumbeat, a highly successful U-boat operation that caught East Coast cities and shipping almost completely unprepared. With state-of-the-art survey gear Ballard probes the wreck and explores a dramatic mystery in the official story of the sub’s sinking.

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Image credit: (Wrecked Nazi U-boat, U-166)
© Ocean Exploration Trust, ROV

Participants

Robert Ballard
President, Ocean Exploration Trust
Robert Church
Marine Archaeologist
Gordon Claudius
Son of Commander Herbert Claudius
Homer Hickam
Author, Torpedo Junction
Werner Hirschmann
Chief Engineer on U-190
Martin K. A. Morgan
World War II Historian
Axel Niestle
Author, Details of Destruction
Ed Offley
Author, The Burning Shore
Erich Topp
Commander U-522
Horst von Schroeter
Watch Officer on U-123
Daniel Warren
Marine Archaeologist

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