10 boats commissioned
Construction history of type VIIA
|U-boats||Shipyard||Werk #||Built during|
|U-27 - U-32||6||AG Weser, Bremen||908 - 913||1935 - 1937|
|U-33 - U-36||4||F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel||556 - 559||1935 - 1936|
These boats, designed in 1933-1934, were the first of a new generation of German attack U-boats known, as Type VII, they were popular with their crews and very agile on the surface. They also had a much more powerful striking power than the smaller Type II's. They had 5 torpedo tubes (4 at the bow) and would carry 11 torpedoes onboard or 22 TMA (=33 TMB) mines. They also had the effective 88mm fast-firing deck gun with about 160 rounds of ammunition.
Type VIIB was an improvement on this design with substantially increased range.
All type VIIA U-boats
Below you can see the 10 commissioned U-boats of this type.
Technical information for type VIIA
|sm = submerged, sf = surfaced, ph = pressure hull,|
oa = overall, hp = horsepower.