This rare documentary originally aired as part of the "Sea Tales" series on A&E. It tells a little-known story about a band of young yachtsmen and fishermen who were recruited during World War II to help protect the United States' East coast from Hitler's deadly fleet of Nazi U-Boats.
The sailors were sent out to find and confront the U-Boats equipped only with antique machine guns mounted on wooden recreational sailboats that were put into service so quickly the grey paint was still wet when they left the docks.
Download & read 24-page historic treatise posted by the United States Coast Guard on how the beach patrols and the Corsair Fleet worked to keep America's Atlantic coastline safe during World War II.
Click here to download a PDF copy of "The Beach Patrol and Corsair Fleet" written by Dennis L. Noble
Length: About 47 minutes.