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German minefields in the North Sea

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German minefields in the North Sea

Postby Hautpoul on 14 Jan 2013 17:28

About german mines, are there some maps of german minefields in the North Sea? :idea:
It will be interesting to see where all those mines were put :wink:

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Re: Sea mines

Postby Natter on 14 Jan 2013 17:45

Hautpoul wrote:About german mines, are there some maps of german minefields in the North Sea? :idea:
It will be interesting to see where all those mines were put
Yes, of course. The maps/positions are kept in various archives. For instance, I think the UK National Archives has a large selection, as well as the RN. We also have a lot of these maps in norwegian archives (including the RNoN minewarfare data-office), and I guess youæll find copies in all surrounding countris + the US.
Some (if not all) maps are published in various books (I think we have a large RN publication at work, not available now).

You could also check out this book:
"Minenschiffe 1939-1945" (K.v.Kutzleben / W.Schroeder / J.Brennecke, 2002. German text, ISBN 3-7822-0844-7 ). It has the positions and details for all the largest sperrungen (see attached scan of the front jacket-inside - the back has the mediterranen fields. This image are by far complete though - just the larger fields).
I've attached an example of how the book describes the different fields as well.
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