Saboteurs : the Nazi raid on America



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Notes on front papers concerning the research materials and methods of the author, the individuals who planned, implemented and served as the saboteurs of Operation Pastorius, previous German sabotage attempts, and the capture and military tribunal of the saboteurs. Brian Lamb also asks: “The narrative on FDR and Hyde Park - How did you get this?” Of the author's acknowledgments and notes, Brian Lamb asks: “Who did you talk to?” “Did you go to the Wolf's Lair in Poland?” Annotations by Brian Lamb in the margins and underlining of pertinent phrases throughout the book. Examples include: “US entry into war,” “Navy agrees to sabotage,” “11 recruits,” “Night of the Long Knives,” “British tracked departure,” “J. Edgar Hoover,” “Dasch arrested sent to NYC,” “FDR's tribunal unconstitutional,” and “executions Aug 8 1942.”


Dobbs, Michael, “Saboteurs : the Nazi raid on America,” One Book. One Author. One Hour., accessed February 2, 2023,


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Saboteurs : the Nazi raid on America


Dobbs, Michael


Program air date: March 28, 2004


Publisher's description: Shortly after America's entry into World War II, Adolf Hitler ordered an extensive sabotage campaign against the United States to disrupt the production of tanks and airplanes and blow up bridges and railroads. Eight German saboteurs were dispatched across the Atlantic by U-boat, one team landing in Amagansett, Long Island, the other near Jacksonville, Florida. They brought with them enough money and explosives for a two-year operation and traveled inland to explore potential targets. The full story of this audacious endeavor is a remarkable account of a terrorist threat against America. Michael Dobbs describes the saboteurs' training in Nazi Germany, their claustrophobic three-week voyage in submarines, and their infiltration into American life. He explores the reasons each volunteered, and their links to a network of Nazi sympathizers in the United States. He paints a portrait of the group's leaders: George Dasch, a onetime waiter who dreamed of leaving his personal mark on history, and Edward Kerling, a fanatic Nazi caught between his love for his mistress and his love for his wife. And he shows how the FBI might never have captured the saboteurs had one of them not helped J. Edgar Hoover transform a hapless manhunt into one of his proudest accomplishments. A military tribunal, a historic Supreme Court session, and one of the largest mass executions in American history provide a stunning climax to a dangerous but failed mission.


"United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation."
"Sabotage--United States."
"Secret service--Germany."
"World War, 1939-1945--United States."
"World War, 1939-1945--Germany."


Brian Lamb Booknotes Collection
Gift of Brian Lamb, 2011.


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