These German U-Boats Vanished After WWII, But Four Decades Later They Were Discovered Entombed

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As the dust settles on a defeated Germany after World War II, the weapons of war grind to a halt. Meanwhile, near Hamburg, three great U-boats are abandoned to their fate. And for the next 40 years, their location remains a mystery to most – that is, until three men make their way into a demolished, ruined bunker in the Elbe river.

Image: Imperial War Museum/William Lionel Wyllie

On September 5, 1914, the British scout cruiser HMS Pathfinder was sunk off the coast of Scotland by a torpedo fired from a German submarine. It was the first time that a U-boat had successfully sunk an enemy vessel – but it would not be the last.

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In fact, during WWI and WWII, Germany’s stealthy military submarines would terrorize the seas around Europe. Their most powerful use was to wage economic war by cutting off commerce and vital supplies. As ships attempted to reach enemy shores, for example, the German U-boats would lie in wait.

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