How A WWII Attack Along The Coast Of New Jersey Changed Cape May Forever

Though most of us won’t remember it, the coast of New Jersey was a hot spot for German U-boats (submarines) during WWII. Between February and August of 1942, German torpedoes sunk a dozen or more ships along the Garden State’s shores. Many ships were attacked just miles (even within a mile) from the beach and residents could see thick black smoke in the distance. Oil, wreckage, and remains made their way to land, and locals lived in fear. There are so many stories to tell but today, we focus on one.

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Few realize the major role New Jersey played in WWII. Were you aware? Share your Garden State-related WWII stories with us in the comments. For more on Cape May’s beach bunker, Battery 223, click here.

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