Wednesday, September 08, 2010

WWII Wolfpack

If you were like me, you grew up watching in wonder all those WWII submarine movies.  Words like Wolfpack, U-boat, and Dive-Dive-Dive became a part of your lexicon, but you never really knew much more about the topic than what the old films portrayed.  Run Silent, Run Deep was probably the best of them.

I happened on this picture the other day.  It is one of the few surviving WWII vintage German U-boats and it is on display fully out of the water!  I've been through a number of submarines on display around the USA, but have never seen one of them out of the water like this.  It's a remarkable photo of a truly formidable weapon.

Did you know that these subs patrolled the Gulf of Mexico and the entire length of the Atlantic coast during WWII?  In fact, although not commonly known, they sank a lot of our ships within sight of our Atlantic shores during WWII.


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