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Nazi Saboteurs: Hitler's Secret Attack on America

By: Samantha Seiple

In 1942, amid a growing German threat, Nazi agents infiltrated the United States in hopes of destroying American infrastructure and sowing panic throughout the nation. Nazi Saboteurs tells the nail-biting tale of this daring plot, buried in history, for young readers for the first time. Black-and-white historical photos throughout paint a picture of a nation on edge, the FBI caught unawares, and the incredible capture of eight dangerous criminals. A thrilling historical narrative for WWII buffs, reluctant readers, and adventure junkies.

Sources. Index. Black-and-white photographs.

ISBN: 9781338259148

JLG Release: Feb 2020


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: World War II (1939–1945) , Sabotage , Twentieth-century US history , German spies in the United States , German secret service , German espionage , Nazis , National socialists , Military history

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June 13, 1942. Four saboteurs emerged from a German submarine off the coast of Amagansett, NY. A chance encounter with a lone Coast Guard “beach pounder” on patrol triggered a chain of events that ultimately led to the capture, imprisonment, and/or execution of this team, plus another team of four who landed in Florida four days later. All were June 13, 1942. Four saboteurs emerged from a German submarine off the coast of Amagansett, NY. A chance encounter with a lone Coast Guard “beach pounder” on patrol triggered a chain of events that ultimately led to the capture, imprisonment, and/or execution of this team, plus another team of four who landed in Florida four days later. All were German-born, but spent several years in the United States and were proficient in English. The operation was doomed from the start; trust was severely lacking, and some wanted to kill their leader, George Dasch, who disobeyed orders. Within the week, Dasch confessed the entire scheme to the FBI. In less than two weeks, all eight were arrested. By June 28, 1942, the men learned their fate after being tried by a military tribunal. The author concludes this well-written account by discussing the pros and cons of the use of a military tribunal in the aftermath of 9/11; the same issues were present in the 1942 case. Mug shots of the eight men and short bios add authenticity to the text. The bibliography includes military tribunal and FBI records, CIA and MI5 files, books, magazines and newspapers, and websites. Back matter also includes photo credits and an index. Seiple has done an excellent job researching and presenting a topic that is sometimes mentioned in other historical accounts, but seldom thoroughly covered. A sound addition to any upper elementary or middle school collection.

Book Details

ISBN

9781338259148

First Release

February 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

940.54

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

224

Accelerated Reader

Level 7.1; Points: 6;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 1010L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Scholastic Focus

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

World War II (1939–1945), Sabotage, Twentieth-century US history, German spies in the United States, German secret service, German espionage, Nazis, National socialists, Military history,

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