Cape Cod tourists watched from their porches as a U-boat launched a near-shore attack in 1918

McCue, Michael
March 2007
Military History;Mar2007, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p21
The article recounts an attack launched by the submarine U-156 or U-boat of Germany against the U.S. troops at Nauset Beach in Massachusetts on July 21, 1918. The U-156 was under the command of Kaptänleutnant Richard Feldt. Tugboat Captain Charles Ainsleigh suffered from wounds during the attack. The bombs released by seaplanes sent by the Naval Air Station (NAS) in Chatham to target the U-boat failed to function properly. One of the speculated reasons for launching the attack was to scare U.S. citizens.


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