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Is this true?
Posted by: Vince ()
Date: December 11, 2005 01:02AM

While researching U-boats on the Net, I found this article:

"During World War II, a German U-boat was sunk by a truck. The U-boat in question attacked a convoy in the Atlantic and then rose to see the effect. The merchant ship it sank had material strapped to its deck including a fleet of trucks, one of which was thrown in the air by the explosion, landing on the U-boat and breaking its back."

So, of course I had to research further, to see if this is true. The (British) National Maritime Museum website states:

"Q. Was a German U-Boat really sunk by a truck?


From Der Krieg Zur See: Der Handelskrieg mit U-Booten ed. Arno Spindler (German official history):

The Loss of U 28, Kapitänleutnant Georg Schmidt, on 2.9.1917

On 19.8.[19]17 U 28 left Emden for the war on shipping in the Arctic Sea. Officially confirmed newspaper reports state that, on 2.9.17 at 1155 a.m., 85 miles NbE1/2E from North Cape, in position 72°34N, 27°56E, the U-Boat attacked the armed English steamer Olive Branch, 4649 t., carrying munitions from England for Archangel. Since the steamer was not sunk by a torpedo hit, U 28 came to close range to finish her with gunfire. The second shell hit the cargo of munitions, which detonated with an enormous explosion, whereby the U-Boat was so badly damaged that it sank. Some men of the crew of U 28 were seen swimming, but were not picked up by the Olive Branch's lifeboats. No survivors.

The First World War German submarine U 28 was sunk in remarkable circumstances. One account, in Under the Black Ensign by R.S. Gwatkin-Williams (London: Hutchinson, 1926), says that when the cargo of ammunition carried by the British ship Olive Branch was touched off by one of U 28's shells in a close range surface bombardment, a truck carried as deck cargo was blown into the air, only to land (from a great height) on the U-Boat, sinking it.

Althouth this version first appears in print several years after the event, it is feasible that the blast of the explosion, followed by the resultant tidal wave could have laid the submarine over far enough to swamp her open hatches.

A heavy lorry crashing down on deck would have contributed to the damage, though probably not sufficiently to be fatal to a strongly built vessel like a submarine."

I can't find anything else on it. Any info?

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Is this true? Vince 12/11/2005 01:02AM
Re: Is this true? Fregatte 12/11/2005 10:03AM
Re: Is this true? Vince 12/11/2005 10:15PM
Re: Is this true? Fregatte 12/12/2005 08:35AM
Re: Is this true? herbert gratz 12/12/2005 01:45PM
Re: Is this true? Rainer Kolbicz 12/12/2005 05:27PM
Re: Is this true? Hubertus 12/12/2005 02:06PM
Re: I doubt it KJK 12/11/2005 03:14PM
Re: Is this true? kurt 12/12/2005 08:11PM
Re: Is this true? ROBERT M. 12/13/2005 03:27AM
Robert M. MPC 12/17/2005 07:52PM
Re: Robert M. J.T. McDaniel 12/18/2005 02:01AM
Re: Robert M. ROBERT M. 12/18/2005 06:53AM
Re: Is this true? ROBERT M. 12/25/2005 02:58AM
Re: Is this true? Michael Lowrey 12/12/2005 10:24PM
Re: Is this true? kurt 12/13/2005 03:32AM
Re: Is this true? parmstrong 12/13/2005 08:23PM
Re: Is this true? HughB 03/17/2015 06:24PM
Re: Is this true? Vince 12/13/2005 01:20AM
Re: Is this true? Michael Lowrey 12/13/2005 01:43AM
Re: Is this true? herbert gratz 12/13/2005 10:23AM
Re: Is this true? Michael Lowrey 12/13/2005 03:04PM
Re: Is this true? TF 03/26/2015 08:12PM

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