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14th April 2011, 12:49
Edward Michaud discovers German Type XIB U-Boat off Cape Cod - Project CA35 (1998). Tony Gosling, Edward Michaud.
Hitler's secret escape sub Type XIB sunk off Cape Cod on 25th August 1944 while attempting to negotiate early end to WWII en route to Argentina
Apologies for the somewhat sloppy interview technique here but I think you'll agree the historic content makes it all worthwhile.
14th April 2011, 14:28
very informative - thanks- hadn't heard anything re this before!
14th April 2011, 16:35
I find it hard to believe that the people operating the boat were against the regime.
If they were, why would they be going to Argentina?
And how would they be allowed to by the Reich?
I had a look around on the net. This boat was known as Die Schwarze Ritter, The Black Knight.
She was seen docked in Portugal and Spain during the war.
He is correct about the money being used to rebuild Germany, that was the Reichs funds that were spirited away from the allies.
THE "BLACK KNIGHT"
According to the official design drafts laid out for the German Type XI-B U-Cruiser in 1939, the specifications for this vessel were as follows:
Length Overall: . . . 115 meters (377 ft.)
Breadth: . .. . . 9.5 meters (31.3 ft.)
Depth: . . . . 6.2 meters (20.3 ft.)
Extreme Displacement: . . . 3,630 tons.
Deadweight: . . . . . 6,800 tons +
Propulsion Machinery: . 2-shaft diesel/electric motors, (eight 12cyl. diesel engines in two separate engine rooms), plus two high-grade electric motors in third compartment.
Armament: . . 4 torpedo tubes in the bow
2 torpedo tubes in the stern
6 torpedoes in ready-fire with
6 spare torpedoes carried below internal storage plates.
Armament: 4 127mm Guns in two twin armored turrets.
2 37mm AA mounted on deck amidships.
2 20mm AA mounted in after Wintergarten.
Ammunition Carried: 940 rounds total of 127mm.
4,000 rounds total of 37mm.
2,000 rounds total of 20mm.
Crew: 110 men, with capability to carry two company's' of "Special Coastal Troops", ('Brandenburgers')
Cargo Capacity: 600 cubic tons above provisions.
Accessories: 1 One-Man "Arado/Argus 231" reconnaissance seaplane stowed in forward vertical storage tube.
14th April 2011, 16:56
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