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Part II. Grossadmiral Karl Donitz (1891-1980) The Unterseeboot - the U-boat - was a deadly weapon; 1,153 U-boats, of all types, were built right up to the end of the war; 800 took part in 3,000 war patrols in all theaters; sank 3,500 ships, totalling 18.3 million tons, including 175 naval warships.

Part II. Grossadmiral Karl Donitz (1891-1980) The Unterseeboot - the U-boat - was a deadly weapon; 1,153 U-boats, of all types, were built right up to the end of the war; 800 took part in 3,000 war patrols in all theaters; sank 3,500 ships, totalling 18.3 million tons, including 175 naval warships.

This photo from 1943 shows the mass production of U-boot on a german shipyard. For minimizing the damage caused by aerial attacks, the parts of these submarines were produced in separated and distant places, to be later transported to the shipyards where the submarines could be then quickly assembled and equipped.

This photo from 1943 shows the mass production of U-boot on a german shipyard. For minimizing the damage caused by aerial attacks, the parts of these submarines were produced in separated and distant places, to be later transported to the shipyards where the submarines could be then quickly assembled and equipped.

U-boats were German submarines that caused havoc in World War Two during the Battle of the Atlantic. U-boats were so damaging that Winston Churchill commented that it was the only time in World War Two that he thought Britain would have to contemplate surrendering.

U-boats were German submarines that caused havoc in World War Two during the Battle of the Atlantic. U-boats were so damaging that Winston Churchill commented that it was the only time in World War Two that he thought Britain would have to contemplate surrendering.

Housed at Battleship Memorial Park, this World War II era Gato-class submarine is also a National Historic Landmark.

Housed at Battleship Memorial Park, this World War II era Gato-class submarine is also a National Historic Landmark.

us ww2 submarine photos | Balao class submarine views an enemy vessel at periscope depth ...

us ww2 submarine photos | Balao class submarine views an enemy vessel at periscope depth ...

6 1941 The ‘Battle of the Atlantic’ begins. Churchill's memorandum on the The 'Battle of the Atlantic' sets out the priorities for the war against the U-boats "We must take the offensive"

6 1941 The ‘Battle of the Atlantic’ begins. Churchill's memorandum on the The 'Battle of the Atlantic' sets out the priorities for the war against the U-boats "We must take the offensive"

SUB ~ 80-G-13550:   Japanese ships sunk by USS Guardfish (SS 217), Atago maru September 1942.  Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. ~ BFD

SUB ~ 80-G-13550: Japanese ships sunk by USS Guardfish (SS 217), Atago maru September 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. ~ BFD

USS Silversides - world war II submarine -Muskegon, MI. We spent a night on the submarine years ago, very cool experience.

USS Silversides - world war II submarine -Muskegon, MI. We spent a night on the submarine years ago, very cool experience.

Collect Air | Submarines - Wolf among the Sheep - BFD

Collect Air | Submarines - Wolf among the Sheep - BFD

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum  Park in Honolulu, HI.  I toured it in the 80s.  Fascinating.

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum Park in Honolulu, HI. I toured it in the 80s. Fascinating.

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