1939 U-Boot

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1939 U-Boot

Post by Ste » 09 Jul 2011 15:58

Good Morning Gentlemen,
I was looking for the list of the 57 U boot in service in 1939,someone could help me?
Thanks in advance.

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Re: 1939 U-Boot

Post by hucks216 » 10 Jul 2011 12:40

Hello,
These sites might be of help...
http://www.uboat.net/boats
http://ubootwaffe.net

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Re: 1939 U-Boot

Post by Schorschl » 10 Jul 2011 18:49

Hello Ste,

the following submarines were commissioned by the German navy up to the beginning of the Second World War:

U 25 and U 25 (type I, 2 boats)
U 1 to U 6 (type II A, 6 boats)
U 7 to U 24 (type II B, 18 boats)
U 56 to U 61 (type II C, 6 boats)
U 27 to U 36 (type VII A, 10 boats)
U 45 to U 49, U 51 to U 53 (type VII B, 8 boats)
U 37 to U 43, (type IX A, 7 boats)

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Re: 1939 U-Boot

Post by tigre » 14 Jun 2014 23:23

Hello to all :D; a little complement here...................

U Boats Operational at the beginning of the conflict.

In spite of it was acepted that Germany started the war with 57 U boats, nevertheless, the U-Bootwaffe had available only 43 boats. The situation on the evening of August 21, 1939 was as follows:

Seven (7) U boats of the 1. U-Flotille ready with the West Group.
Four (4) U boats of the 2. U-Flotille sailing for the Atlantic.
Three (3) U boats of the 2. U-Flotille in the Baltic.
Four (4) U boats of the 5. U-Flotille sailing for the Baltic.
Five (5) U boats of the 6. U-Flotille sailing for the Atlantic.
Five (5) U boats of the 7. U-Flotille sailing for the Atlantic.

A total of thirty-five (35) submersibles.

During the period up to August 30, 1939, would be ready eight (8) more namely:

One (1) U boat of the 2. U-Flotille sailing for the Atlantic, the U 30 (August 22).
One (1) U boat of the 2. U-Flotille sailing for the Atlantic, the U 27 (August 23).
One (1) U boat of the 2. U-Flotille ready at noon on August 26, the U 26.
One (1) U boat of the 7. U-Flotille sailing for the Atlantic, the U 53 (August 29).
Four (4) U-boats of the U-Schulflotille at disposal of the West Group, U 36, U 1, U 2, U 3 and U 4 (from 30 August).

The U-Bootwaffe could not count on the following nine (9) Submersibles: U 2, U 8 and U 10 with the U-Schulflotille; U 42 and U 51 long period of repairs; U 49, U 60 and U 61 training period and the U 11 with the Experimental Group of Communications. besides the U 25 not ready for the war and the U 43 commissioned on August 26, 1939.

Sources: http://www.uboatarchive.net/BDUKTB30247.htm
KTB U-Bootwaffe. 1923 - 1938. Das Kriegstagebuch der U-Bootwaffe von Roland Berr.
7th V-BOAT FLOTILLA. Donitz's Atlantic Wolves. A. Konstan y J. M. Showell.

Cheers. Raúl M 8-).
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Re: 1939 U-Boot

Post by Ste » 15 Jun 2014 13:13

Very interesting,thank to all of you.

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Re: 1939 U-Boot

Post by tigre » 06 Jul 2014 00:55

Hello to all :D; something more...................

U Boats Operational at the beginning of the conflict.

Although the U 36 was available to the West Group since August 30, 1939 I have a question about it.

Curiosities about the U-36.

She was a submersible type VIIA, the last of the series (U 27 to U 36), whose construction was taken by the Shipyard Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel on March 25, 1935 with the work number 559. The keel was laid on April 2, 1936 and she was launched on November 04 that very year. She was commissioned on December 12, 1936 under Kapitänleutnant Klaus Ewerth.

Pre-war activity.

During her service previous to WWII, she carried out ​​three sailings to Spanish waters during the civil conflict in that country, all under the command of kplt. Klaus Ewerth. The last one took place between December 11, 1937 and February 2, 1938 during which the U 36 was 62 days out at sea. After that the Kaleun handed over his command on October 31, 1938 and the submersible was not operational until February 1, 1939, when Kapitänleutnant Wilhelm Fröhlich took command of the boat. The U 36 became subordinate to the School Flotilla until she was available to the West Group since August 30, 1939.

The Doubt.

Any particular reason to stay unaffected for three months (repairs?) And then passed to the School Flotilla (new training?). This caught my attention as no accidents, incidents, repairs, etc. are mentioned in the KTB of the UBootwaffe.

Sources: http://www.uboatarchive.net/BDUKTB30247.htm
KTB U-Bootwaffe. 1923 - 1938. Das Kriegstagebuch der U-Bootwaffe von Roland Berr.

Cheers. Raúl M 8-).
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Re: 1939 U-Boot

Post by tigre » 25 Jul 2014 21:46

Hello to all ; something more...................

U Boats Operational at the beginning of the conflict.

Curiosities about the U 51.

She was a submersible type VIIB (U 45 to U 55), whose construction was taken by the Shipyard Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel on Nov 21, 1936 with the work number 581. The keel was laid on Feb 26, 1937 and she was launched on Jun 11 that very year. She was commissioned on Aug 06, 1938 under Kapitänleutnant Ernst-Günter Heinicke.

Pre-war activity.

During her service previous to WWII, she carried out ​​one sailing to Spanish waters in May-Jun 1939, together with U 39, U 45, U 46 and U 47 under the command of kplt. Ernst-Günter Heinicke??. The boat reached the Spanish port of Ceuta in May of 1939. After that the submersible was not operational until her first patrol under Kapitänleutnant Dietrich Knorr on Jan 17, 1940.

The Doubt.

Any particular reason to sustain that long period of reparations. This caught my attention as no accidents, incidents, damages, etc. are mentioned in the KTB of the U Bootwaffe.

Sources: http://www.ubootarchiv.de/ubootwiki/index.php/U_51
KTB U-Bootwaffe. 1923 - 1938. Das Kriegstagebuch der U-Bootwaffe von Roland Berr.
Fotoalbum Kieler Woche, Zerstörer Uboot U-Boot, KM Bau.
7th V-BOAT FLOTILLA. Donitz's Atlantic Wolves. A. Konstan y J. M. Showell

Cheers. Raúl M 8-).
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Re: 1939 U-Boot

Post by tigre » 27 Apr 2019 17:53

Hello to all ; something more...................

U Boats Operational at the beginning of the conflict.

About the U 51.

During June 1939 U 45, U 46, U 47 and U 51 all took part in long-range patrols, allowing commanders to experience first-hand what conditions would be like in their future hunting grounds. On 19 August 1939 the U-boats of Unterseebootsflottille 'Wegener' slipped out of Kiel, the only boat which was omitted from the patrol was Kptlt Ernst-Gunther Heinicke's boat, U 51, which was reserved for duties in the Baltic.

In fact, U 51was foreseen for Operation FRITZ1 due to Fall Weiss 31/07-05/08/39 and GUSTAV4 Fall Weiss 06/08-19/08/39. Both operations never took place.

At dawn on Friday 1 September, the German Army invaded Poland. U 51 and eight other boats of various squadrons were already deployed off the Polish coast, with orders to prevent any units of the Polish Navy from escaping to Britain, or to a neutral country.

Nevertheless in the BdU KTB was stated on Aug 23, 1939: S.O. 7th U-Flotilla has arranged for U 49/60/61/51 to do firing practice from 28.8 or 4.9 to 9.9. These boats will not be operational yet, however as they are still on trials and under training and U 51 has to undergo alterations lasting 3 months (What happened with her?)

Sources: https://historisches-marinearchiv.de/pr ... uik=result
http://www.uboatarchive.net/BDU/BDUKTB30247.htm
7th V-BOAT FLOTILLA. Donitz's Atlantic Wolves. A. Konstan y J. M. Showell

Cheers. Raúl M 8-).

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