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Stopping the U-234: Hitler’s Atom Bomb Submarine

Talyn

Ronin
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bolo

Alpha
Displacement was more like 2100 tons submerged not 20,000. That would have been one enormous u-boat!
 

Seawolf

Alpha
2100 tons submerged is correct. About 1700 tons surfaced. For comparison, the two boats that I was on, SSN 671 and SSBN 655, displaced about 5000 tons and 7250 tons respectively.
 

rehjaeger

Alpha
It doesn't seem to be mentioned here, but that boat is a Type IX-B, the so-called "Milchkuh" or "Milk Cow" that was used primarily as a resupply vessel due to their large size and unwieldiness in defensive maneuvers. The U-505, which can be seen at the Chicago Museum of Science (if you're brave enough to go there) was of the same type. However, don't expect to learn anything from the tour guides. I still vividly remember ours referring to Allied anti-submarine aircraft (in general) as "jet fighters." I corrected her a couple of times and then gave up.
 

TidalWave

Professional
The Monsun Gruppe (Monsoon Group) was the German U-boat effort in Asian waters.
A few ended up in Japanese hands either by transfer or being taken over when Germany fell.
 

bolo

Alpha
The Japanese also seized some Italian subs in Singapore when Italy surrendered and subsequently turned them over to the Germans.These became part of a transport scheme code named "MerKator" which never came to fruition with the subs finally being taken over by Japan when Germany surrendered then ending up as war prizes and being sunk by the US Navy after the war.
 

Mike H.

Editor, The Armory Life
Staff member
Displacement was more like 2100 tons submerged not 20,000. That would have been one enormous u-boat!

Thanks for letting us know about this! I reached out the author, and he had this to say:

"As a total land-lubber the author apologizes for being too aggressive on the trigger with the "0" key! Displacement for the Type X Submarine Minelayer is listed as 1,735 tons (surfaced) and 2,143 tons (submerged). Based on my meat-bread-cheese diet, that is very close to my own displacement! "
 

rehjaeger

Alpha
Interesting. I have to admit I mis-identified this boat, having never seen a picture of the Type X. I also have to admit my relative ignorance of them. Probably because they weren't intended as anti-surface ship combat boats, but of course that's no excuse. Thanks for the clarification, Mike.
 
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