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Old 04-03-15, 04:11 PM
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Thank you Frank & Hussar,

I was totally unaware that Unterseeboots were ever used as Merchantmen.

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Thank you Frank & Hussar,

I was totally unaware that Unterseeboots were ever used as Merchantmen.

regards Iain
You're very welcome.

The Germans weren't the only ones to consider submarines as blockade runners. The British Admiralty had few exponents of submarine warfare at the time they were trialling early Holland versions. Many senior officers considered the use of such a weapon underhand. There was also little faith in the technology.

Mind you, if anyone these days saw the state a battleship and its crew got into when coaling they'd consider it little short of impractical and virtually inhumane.
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Hello Iain,
Funny thing to do really, but, that was certainly not even considered originally, their underwater weapons, mines and torpedoes were developed before the war with both defence and potential offence in mind, in fact, only two submarines were ever built as merchantmen, they came all too late in the day and when relations between Germany and the United States began to fall apart, they served absolutely no purpose whatsoever anyway, a complete and utter waste of time and effort.
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