1942 USCGC Icarus versus U-352 in torpedo alley, Updated episode
During the "Second Happy Time" in the spring of 1942 a converted Coast Guard Cutter takes on a Type VIIC U-Boat in torpedo alley. The story of the first German POWs taken by American forces in the Second World War deserves to be remembered.
During the “Second Happy Time” in the spring of 1942 a converted Coast Guard Cutter takes on a Type VIIC U-Boat in torpedo alley. The story of the first German POWs taken by American forces in the Second World War deserves to be remembered.
Note: The “First Happy Time” represented the period of attacking British shipping from July – October 1940.
This updated History Guy episode contains these changes based on viewer comments: Includes more discussion of United States’ policy (or lack thereof) in the first months of the war. Properly pronounces the word “Boatswain.” Added more pictures of the U-352 crew after capture.
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Much more information on U-352 and her crew can be found here: http://www.uboatarchive.net/U-352A/U-352INT.htm
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The episode is intended for educational purposes. All events are presented in historical context. The episode includes photographs and film from the Second World War but no graphic images of death.
This episode was taped before The History Guy decided to wear bow ties in every video. The tie belonged to my wife’s grandfather. He was someone who deserves to be remembered.
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