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Tirpitz, escorted by several destroyers, steaming in the Bogenfjord in October 1942

Operation Zitronella: Tirpitz role at Spitzbergen

Since her commissioning in February 1941 the Tirpitz operated in the Baltic conducting trials and training her crew as well as participating in some minor operations in connection with the invasion of the Soviet Union of January ’42. She then steamed to Norwegian waters with the intent of being teamed with other German warships for …

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U-110 and HMS Bulldog lowering her whaleboat (left) David Balme on HMS Bulldog (right)

Lt.Cmdr. David Balme, captor of first Enigma, passed away

David Balme, the Royal Navy Officer who seized a top-secret Enigma machine and codebook while storming a captured German U-Boat has died at the age of 95. Lieutenant Commander David Balme, who died on Sunday, was credited with helping to shorten the Second World War by two years after he led the boarding party that raided U-110, east …

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Maritime Communications – Communications Officer of PC-486

Battle for Maritime Communications during World War II

In 1938, Germany had only 3 “pocket” battleships, 6 light cruisers, 7 destroyers, 12 torpedo boats, and 36 submarines—many of which were unfit for ocean service[1]. The British Home Fleet alone had: 15 battleships, 62 cruisers, 7 aircraft carriers, 178 destroyers, and 56 submarines[2]. As the war drew closer, German naval planners were convened by …

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U-Boat 110, Electric Control Room looking aft to port

Amazing view from inside sunken WWI Submarine U-110

These extraordinary images from the inside of German Submarine U-110 were taken from an album of photographs found in the Swan Hunter shipbuilders collection at Tyne & Wear Archives. The album is from 1918 and documents the U.B. 110 before she was scrapped on the dry docks of Swan Hunter Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend. The twin-screw …

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Capture of U-570 and its Enigma Cipher Machine

The Germans used the Enigma cipher machine for their military communications before and during WWII. In August 1941, the British managed to capture an Enigma coding machine from U-570. The first and only U-Boat to be captured by an aircraft… On the morning of August 27, 1941, U-570 under the command of Kapitänleutnant Hans-Joachim Rahmlow was patrolling submerged about …

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Wreck of the HMS Perseus

Sole Survivor’s Story from Sunk British Submarine HMS Perseus

An incredible – yet true – story comes back to life through the book of Kostas Thoctarides and Rena Giatropoulou regarding the  legendary submarine « HMS Perseus ». The book, published by the Hellenic Maritime Museum, contains 150 photos, documents for the loss of the submarine, and digital photos of “Perseus” exactly as it is …

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The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Kearny (DD-432) following the repair of her torpedo damage in Boston Harbor, Massachusetts (USA), on 31 March 1942. (Credits: U.S. Navy)

Undeclared War in the Atlantic: US Navy vs. UBoats

In October 1941, the United States was the only major industrial power still neutral. But that status was becoming increasingly tenuous. Off its east coast, America sailed a dangerous diplomatic course between two belligerents involved in a shooting war in the Atlantic Ocean. The country’s situation off the west coast was little better; there the question of shooting …

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Reinhard Hardegen

WATCH: Reinhard Hardegen of U-123 & U-147 Interview

Reinhard Hardegen Interview In June 2015 an interesting interview has unearthed on YouTube of U-Boat Commander Reinhard Hardegen, who is the last living U-Boat captain. Korvettenkapitän Hardegen was born on 18 March 1913 and is still living at the age of 102! He was one of the Top 25 German U-boat commanders, sinking a total of 22 ships, …

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Divers on Navy tanker Mission San Miguel. (Credits: Tate Wester/NOAA)

WWII Navy Tanker, USNS Mission San Miguel, Discovered

World War II Navy Tanker, USNS Mission San Miguel, has been found by Hawaiian Researchers. The San Miguel served during World War II and the Korean War, receiving numerous commendations for its service. The tanker was built in 1943 by Marinship Corporation, Sausalito, CA. En route to Seattle, she went lost on 8 October 1957, when …

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