Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid on America

Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid on America

by Michael Dobbs
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Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid on America 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
MFowler More than 1 year ago
In 1942, eight Nazi German saboteurs were landed by submarine on New York and Florida beaches, along with bags full of explosives, detonators, and orders to try and disrupt some of American's vital defense industries before their full weight could be brought to bear against Germany. The bizarre saga of Operation Pastorius, the code name for the ambitious sabotage mission, is engagingly told by Michael Dobbs, who relies on a unique historical record for much of his information - the FBI file of the German-American saboteur who went to the federal agents and betrayed the entire mission, enabling the (nominally competent) roundup of the other seven. Adolf Hitler realized that once American's vast industrial might was fully ramped up, Germany would be beaten by sheer weight of numbers. The US thought that the oceans on each side of it offered adequate protection from serious attacks, and internal security was woefully inadequate. But the near comedy of errors that Dobbs highlights as the various saboteur team members are recruited makes it clear that Operation Pastorius is going to be a train wreck, all right, but not the kind that Hitler intended. An interesting and engaging telling of a little-known sidelight of World War II that few Americans are probably aware of, especially when it comes to the fate of six of the saboteurs.
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This thoroughly researched, well written book rovides a unique perspective on WWII, and exposes what we should have learned, even then, as it parallels 9/11 in an uncanny way.