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GALLERY: U Boat 1003

U-boat is an anglicised version of the German word U-Boot [ˈuːboːt] (listen), a shortening of Unterseeboot, literally "underseaboat". While the German term refers to any submarine, the English one (in common with several other languages) refers specifically to military submarines operated by Germany, particularly in the First and Second World Wars. Although at times they were efficient fleet weapons against enemy naval warships, they were most effectively used in an economic warfare role (commerce raiding) and enforcing a naval blockade against enemy shipping. The primary targets of the U-boat campaigns in both wars were the merchant convoys bringing supplies from Canada and other parts of the British Empire, and from the United States to the United Kingdom and (during the Second World War) to the Soviet Union and the Allied territories in the Mediterranean. German submarines also destroyed Brazilian merchant ships during World War II, causing Brazil to declare war on both Germany and Italy on August 22 1942.

Scuttled on 23 March 1945 in the Northern Channel north of Malin Head, in position 55.38N, 07.26W, after ramming with Canadian frigate HMCS New Glasgow in position 55.25N, 06.53W, on 20 March. 17 dead and 31 survivors.

She was ordered on 14 October 1941, and was laid down on 18 January 1943, at Blohm & Voss , Hamburg , as yard number 203. She was launched on 27 October 1943, and commissioned under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Werner Strübing on 9 December 1943. [2]

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