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Attack on Orleans: The World War I Submarine Raid on Cape Cod - Jake Klim

This book brings to the consciousness of the reader a remarkable story from the First World War that has largely been overlooked or forgotten. It is of the raid made by a transoceanic German U-boat, the U-156, that took place on the morning of Sunday, July 21st, 1918 on the town of Orleans on the Massachusetts coast near Martha's Vineyard. Indeed, the attack on Orleans was the first attack made by a foreign power on American soil in a century.


Furthermore, this story attests to the bravery shown by members of the local U.S. Coast Guard unit --- known as the "surfmen" for their special skills in search and rescue work at sea, who helped save many lives the day of the Attack on Orleans --- and the naval pilots of the nearby Chatham Naval Air Station who tried to sink the U-156 as it shelled the tugboat Perth Amboy and its accompanying 4 wooden barges and Orleans' Nauset Beach, which had been full of people enjoying their summer vacations.


I feel so lucky to have recently discovered this book by accident. Jake Klim deserves his kudos for making fresh anew the events of July 21, 1918 in Orleans, Massachusetts.