The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

October 1, 2012

‘War zone’ presentation Thursday

Editor and Publisher
John H. Walker

TARBORO — While World War II was fought mainly away from mainland United States, there was a great deal of military activity — particularly involving German U-boats — off the North Carolina coast.

And on Thursday, North Carolina author and documentary filmmaker Kevin Duffus will offer a 55-minute presentation on his new book, "War Zone: World War II Off the North Carolina Coast." Duffus’ presentation will begin at 6 p.m. at the Parish Hall of Calvary Episcopal Church.

Duffus’ appearance is sponsored by the Edgecombe County Veterans Military Museum and all donations will go towards the restoration of the Colonial Theater in downtown Tarboro. A book signing and a wine and cheese reception will follow the presentation and copies of War Zone will be available for sale at the book signing.

War Zone is a classic American story told from the perspective of everyday people who daily faced daunting challenges with perseverance, patriotism, and uncommon valor during WWII.

Duffus has published four books and produced four award-winning documentary films on North Carolina maritime history. He has extensively researched Outer Banks shipwrecks, World War II and German U-boats off the North Carolina coast as well as the history of southern lighthouses during the Civil War.

Through his research, Duffus solved the mystery of the lost 1854 Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Fresnel lens. The lens, described as a national treasure, had been missing for more than 150 years.

Duffus has produced documentaries in England, East Africa, Central America and the Philippines. His honors include a George Foster Peabody Award, the World Hunger Media Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award and the National Education Association Award.

To reserve a seat, email calarsenjr@aol.com.