German Sailors in Hampton Roads: A World War I Story at the Norfolk Navy Yard
During World War I, two German surface raiders sought harbor to make repairs at Hampton Roads after sinking twenty-five merchant ships. Allied ships nearby kept them from leaving, so more than eight hundred German sailors took up residence at the Norfolk Navy Yard in Portsmouth, Virginia. They built their own miniature German village, visited family and friends and attended social events in the community. Their presence made the shipyard a major tourist area before the United States entered the war. Historian Gregory J. Hansard presents the fascinating story of how Hampton Roads was a haven of safety for German sailors during World War I.
The History Press
: 9781625859525
: The History Press
: 03/05/2018
: Virginia
: 81 Black And White
: 128
: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
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Greg Hansard teaches history and museum studies at John Tyler Community College in Chester, Virginia. He previously worked at the Virginia Historical Society, where he held positions as manager of web and digital resources and assistant editor of publications. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, where he played varsity baseball, and holds a Master of Arts degree in history from Virginia State University. He would love to trace the origins of baseball in Germany back to the crews of the Prinz Eitel Friedrich and the Kronprinz Wilhelm.
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