Presentation shines light on U-boat hunters

Presentation shines light on U-boat hunters



The Berlin Historical Society has scheduled author Roy Manstan to discuss the true story of Connecticut scientists and engineers racing against time to counteract elusive submarines, or U-boats, throughout World War II.

The presentation is set for Saturday, April 6, 2 p.m., at the Berlin Historical Society, 305 Main St. Admission is free. Seating is very limited, and reservations are advised. 

Manstan’s presentation, based on his book, “The Listeners: U-Boat Hunters During the Great War,” expresses the anxiety and excitement of the civilian engineers at the Naval Experimental Station of New London, Connecticut —who worked tirelessly in the global collaboration to construct the listening devices that led to SONAR, which is used for detecting submerged submarines.

Manstan’s research included archival records and primary resources such as memoirs, journals and other first-hand accounts and documents from the time. 

The New London engineers’ innovations allowed the Allies to track, hunt and defeat the German U-boats, regaining control of the naval battle that is an oft-forgotten chapter of World War I. 

For more information and to register, visit berlincthistorical.org or call 860-828-5114. 


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