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The U-boats in World War II The U-boats were German boats with the ability to go underwater that were highly utilized during the Second World War They wreaked havoc on the allys defense and were a key player in Adolphs control of the Mediterranean There were even cases of U-boats being sent to the United States to attackthis undermines most people idea that we were never attacked in WWII These boats didnt just attack Europe though in fact it is a little known fact that America was bombarded with attack for a long time When the Japanese launched their surprise attack against Pearl Harbor on Dec7 1941 Hitler was bound by treaty to also wage war on America By Dec 11th Hitler had officially waged war on the US Before this U-boats had been unofficially attacking American convoys without permission but now Hitler said that they had the right to This brought a whole new refreshed wave of attacks against us Donitz who was in control of all U-boats wanted to send 12 of them to the Easter US coast to attack Hitler wanted to concentrate on Gibraltar more so only 6 were scheduled Then one of the boats needed urgent repairs and couldnt make it in time so only 5 ended up going The plan was to have all U-boats in place by January 13th and then issue the command to attack all at once This did not work as the boats that got there first must have had itchy trigger fingers and just couldnt wait The boat that was named the U-123 sank the first ship the SS Cyclops on the 11th and Kals the commander of the U-130 sank two ships the next two days in a row After
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