When the War was at Our Doorstep
The history of the Outer Banks is filled with the tales of pirates and sea battles. But not all the battles fought off the coast of North Carolina were shrouded in the mists of history and legend. One of the most horrific battles of WWII was the Battle of the Atlantic, and North Carolina was on the front lines of that struggle.
What was held at stake was the very survival of Great Britain and quite possibly, the outcome of the war. In 1942 German U-Boats roamed at will along the Eastern seaboard, and North Carolina was one of their most fertile hunting grounds. That year, almost 80 allied ships went to a watery grave between Corolla and Cape Lookout.