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Ordered17 Dec 1934
Laid down28 Jun 1935 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 903)
Launched14 Feb 1936
Commissioned6 Apr 1936Kptlt. Eberhardt Godt
6 Apr 1936 - 3 Jan 1938  KrvKpt. Eberhard Friedrich Clemens Godt (German Cross in Gold)
3 Jan 1938 - 12 Dec 1938  Kptlt. Werner von Schmidt
10 Dec 1938 - 3 Apr 1939  Kptlt. Otto Schuhart (Knights Cross)
4 Apr 1939 - 4 Sep 1939  Oblt. Georg-Heinz Michel
5 Sep 1939 - 19 May 1940  KrvKpt. Viktor Schütze (Knights Cross)
20 May 1940 - 2 Aug 1940  KrvKpt. Heinz Beduhn
5 patrols
1 Apr 1936-31 Dec 1939  2. Flottille (school boat)
1 Jan 1940-2 Aug 1940  2. Flottille (active service)
Successes7 ships sunk, total tonnage 33,209 GRT
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 17,046 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 7,638 GRT

Sunk on or about 2 August 1940 in the North Sea north of Terschelling, in approx. position 54.14N, 05.07E, by a mine in the British minefield Field No. 7, laid by the British destroyers HMS Express, HMS Esk, HMS Icarus and HMS Impulsive. 49 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 9 ships hit by U-25 - View the 5 war patrols

U-25 was reported missing when it failed to report its position after sailing from Wilhelmshaven. The body of one of its crewmen was washed ashore on Heligoland on 19 August 1940. It is very likely that the boat was mined and sunk in the barrage laid by British destroyers on its exit route on 3 March 1940. This mine field probably accounted for several U-boats on their outbound or return journey.

Wolfpack operations

U-25 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Prien (12 Jun 1940 - 17 Jun 1940)

Attacks on this boat and other events

18 Jan 1940
At 16.25 hrs, the boat torpedoed and sank Pajala near North Rona, Hebrides. Her escort, the armed boarding vessel HMS Northern Duke, forced U-25 to dive with gunfire at 17.26 hrs and followed up with depth charges. She claimed hits on the conning tower and the sinking of the enemy, but U-25 in fact escaped undamaged.

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

5 Nov 1939
A man was lost overboard in the Bay of Biscay. [Bootsmaat Wilhelm Lützeler]

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

2 Mushrooms

Skull and Crossbones

Media links

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay


Dickens, Peter and Grove, Eric J.

There was another U-25 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 12 Jul 1913 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 9 May 1914. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 25 during WWI.

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