How did U-boats avoid attacking Spanish/Turkish shipping?

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Panzerspitze
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Re: How did U-boats avoid attacking Spanish/Turkish shipping?

Post by Panzerspitze » 24 Sep 2021 01:09

Wat Tyler wrote:
23 Sep 2021 22:32
I was thinking it looked intentional , seemed a few too many to be accidental.
Why? To push Turkey into the war on the Axis side?

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Re: How did U-boats avoid attacking Spanish/Turkish shipping?

Post by Sid Guttridge » 24 Sep 2021 06:37

Hi Wat Tyler,

You post, "I was thinking it looked intentional, seemed a few too many to be accidental."

Which leads to the unanswerable question: How few would there have to be to be considered plausibly accidental?

Cheers,

Sid.

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Re: How did U-boats avoid attacking Spanish/Turkish shipping?

Post by Wat Tyler » 24 Sep 2021 08:05

Agreed unanswerable although i suppose one could argue the figure should be zero in an ideal world .The figures just look high in comparison to the number sunk by axis forces either Turkish or Spanish.
Panzerspitze , I didn't mean the intention was to force Turkey into the war . More that the intention was to sink ships aiding an enemy

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Re: How did U-boats avoid attacking Spanish/Turkish shipping?

Post by Sid Guttridge » 25 Sep 2021 16:34

Hi Wat Tyler,

Looking at the list, all except three seem to be below a hundred tons. Only one is a merchant vessel over a thousand tons of substantial size. My guess is that most of them were fishing vessels sunk off Turkey's north coast.

Cheers,

Sid.

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