The Attack on Orleans was a naval and air action during World War I which took place on 21 July 1918. A German U-boat opened fire on the American town of Orleans, Massachusetts, and several merchant vessels nearby. A tugboat was sunk, but shells fired in the direction of the town landed harmlessly in a marsh and on a beach. Today, a sign celebrates the historic engagement above the beach. It reads:

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  • Der deutsche Angriff auf Orleans war eine Beschießung einer kleinen Stadt und ihres Hafens während des Ersten Weltkrieges. Ein U-Boot der Kaiserlichen Marine griff am 21. Juli 1918 die Stadt Orleans auf der Halbinsel Cape Cod im US-Bundesstaat Massachusetts an und beschoss dabei auch die kleinen Handelsschiffe im Hafen. (de)
  • The Attack on Orleans was a naval and air action during World War I which took place on 21 July 1918. A German U-boat opened fire on the American town of Orleans, Massachusetts, and several merchant vessels nearby. A tugboat was sunk, but shells fired in the direction of the town landed harmlessly in a marsh and on a beach. On the morning of 21 July 1918 – during the last year of the First World War – the German submarine U-156, Captained by Richard Feldt, surfaced three miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and began to shell the tugboat "Perth Amboy" and the four barges in her tow. A handful of the shells fired by the U-boat’s two deck guns struck Nauset Beach, giving the town of Orleans the distinction of being the first, and only, spot in the United States to receive fire from the enemy during the First World War. Coming to Cape Cod’s defense was the United States Life-Saving Service and the fledgling air arm of the United States Navy. The lifesavers, who were based at Station No. 40, launched a surfboat under heavy enemy shellfire and rowed in the direction of the thirty-two sailors trapped aboard the tug and barges. Meanwhile, HS-1L flying boats and R-9 seaplanes were dispatched from the Chatham Naval Air Station and dive-bombed the enemy raider with payloads of TNT. It was the first time in history that American aviators engaged an enemy vessel in the western Atlantic. Local history reports that one citizen of Orleans armed himself with a double-barreled shotgun and fired back at the U-boat from the shore. Today, a sign celebrates the historic engagement above the beach. It reads: "Three miles offshore, in the direction of the arrow, was the scene of attack of a German submarine on a tug and barges July 21, 1918. Several shells struck the beach. This is the only section of the United States’ coast shelled by the enemy during World War I." (en)
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  • 1 tugboat sunk
  • 4 barges sunk, no human casualties
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  • German victory, raid completed.
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  • 9Curtiss HS seaplanes
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  • A view of Cape Cod, the location of Orleans, from space.
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  • Der deutsche Angriff auf Orleans war eine Beschießung einer kleinen Stadt und ihres Hafens während des Ersten Weltkrieges. Ein U-Boot der Kaiserlichen Marine griff am 21. Juli 1918 die Stadt Orleans auf der Halbinsel Cape Cod im US-Bundesstaat Massachusetts an und beschoss dabei auch die kleinen Handelsschiffe im Hafen. (de)
  • The Attack on Orleans was a naval and air action during World War I which took place on 21 July 1918. A German U-boat opened fire on the American town of Orleans, Massachusetts, and several merchant vessels nearby. A tugboat was sunk, but shells fired in the direction of the town landed harmlessly in a marsh and on a beach. Today, a sign celebrates the historic engagement above the beach. It reads: (en)
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  • Attack on Orleans (en)
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