|Ordered||25 Mar 1935|
|Laid down||15 Sep 1935||F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 557)|
|Launched||17 Jul 1936|
|Commissioned||12 Sep 1936||Kptlt. Ernst Sobe|
|Successes||19 ships sunk, total tonnage 91,989 GRT|
2 warships sunk, total tonnage 1,770 tons
2 ships captured, total tonnage 4,957 GRT
1 warship a total loss, total tonnage 595 tons
Sank at 2155hrs on 5 August 1943 in the Baltic Sea at Memel, in position 55.43,7N, 21.06,5E after a collision with the U-boat tender Lech. 4 dead and 39 survivors.
The wreck of U-34 was raised on 24 August 1943, taken to Lindenau-Werft in Memel and probably scrapped after decommission on 8 September 1943.
General notes on this boat
12 Dec 1936. U-34 took a supervisory role in the German Operation Ursula in Spanish waters during the Civil War. The boat, under the command of Kptlt. Harald Grosse, sank the Spanish submarine C-3 on 12 Dec. 1936. See this article on the incident.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-34 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 3 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Elephant Trampling Churchill
Sharks Teeth Painted on Bow
There was another U-34 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 9 May 1914 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 5 Oct 1914. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 34 during WWI.