Save up to 20% on the price of your tickets! It's easy... Become a member today! If you are already a member, log in to get your member rate. Operation Drumbeat: The Nazi Campaign To Defeat America on its Own Shores Evening Program on Zoom Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. ET Code: 1H0585 Tickets Login $20 - Member 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 $25 - Non-Member Resize text remove add Allied tanker Dixie Arrow torpedoed by German submarine PROGRAM DESCRIPTION On the evening of Jan. 14, 1942, a German U-boat surfaced undetected in New York City’s Lower Bay. Climbing to the bridge of U-123, its commander could not believe what he saw: an illuminated Manhattan, its lights an unmistakable beacon on the Atlantic coast. Even though the United States had been at war with Germany for over a month, cities from Boston to Miami refused to impose blackouts fearing the impact on tourism. The result was a neon shooting gallery the length of the East Coast, where German submarines waited offshore to assault merchant ships, especially oil tankers, easily spotted thanks to city lights. By spring, U-boats were prowling the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean as the Nazis expanded Operation Paukenschlag, or “Drumbeat,” their campaign to defeat the United States on its own shores. George Mason University history professor Kevin Matthews explores this little-known period of the war and how, with help from Britain’s Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, America turned back the Nazi attacks that, as U.S. General George Marshall said at the time, “threaten our entire war effort.” PATRON INFORMATION If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom. This program is part of ourSmithsonian Associates Streaming series.