List of all U-boats




Ordered25 Mar 1935
Laid down2 Mar 1936 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 559)
Launched4 Nov 1936
Commissioned16 Dec 1936Kptlt. Klaus Ewerth
16 Dec 1936 - 31 Oct 1938  Kptlt. Klaus Ewerth
1 Feb 1939 - 4 Dec 1939  KrvKpt. Wilhelm Fröhlich
3 patrols
16 Dec 1936-1 Aug 1939  U-Bootschulflottille (school boat)
1 Sep 1939-4 Dec 1939  2. Flottille (active service)
Successes2 ships sunk, total tonnage 2,813 GRT
1 ship captured, total tonnage 1,617 GRT

Sunk on 4 December 1939 in the North Sea south-west of Kristiansand, in position 57.00N, 05.20E, by a torpedo from the British submarine HMS Salmon. 40 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 3 ships hit by U-36 - View the 3 war patrols

Attacks on this boat and other events

17 Sep 1939
British submarine HMS Seahorse (96 S) fired a spread of three torpedoes at U-36, which had just stopped to question a neutral Danish steamer. The U-boat was lucky to escape harm, as one of the torpedoes passed directly underneath her. (Sources: Dr. Jürgen Rohwer, Herbert Ritschel)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-36 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

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

Submarines versus U-boats

Jones, Geoffrey

There was another U-36 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 6 Jun 1914 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 14 Nov 1914. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 36 during WWI.

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