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Armed German landing in Labrador Oct 22 1943

Ever since seeing the exhibit at the War Museum, I have been intrigued by this story: http://uboat.net/ops/weather_stations.htm
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Actually, that wasn't the only German landing in North America. Some spies were landed by submarine as well. IIRC, there was another attempt made in North Carolina. Also, German subs attacked shipping along the east coast and even up the St. Lawrence river.
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Interesting that most of the weather station was still there--some 40 years later.

They took a great risk, just for weather data.

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Weather data is essential when fighting a war, as weather affects what you and your opponent can and are likely to do. One of the reasons the Germans were surprised about the D Day landing was they assumed the weather was too bad. However, the allies knew there would be a brief period of (barely) suitable weather.
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German U Boats attacked and sunk 2 iron ore carriers tied up at Bell Island NL 30 Km north west of St, John's. They also stuck and damaged the warf, which would be the only land attack against North America by the Germans during WW2,

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Actually, that wasn't the only German landing in North America. Some spies were landed by submarine as well. IIRC, there was another attempt made in North Carolina. Also, German subs attacked shipping along the east coast and even up the St. Lawrence river.
I was just reading an artical on Damn Interesting about those spy incidents.... very interesting read (as with most DI articals, its entertainingly writen also)!

www.damninteresting.com/operation-pastorius/

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