The U-boats of World War One
Just like in WWII Germany deployed a large U-boat force against the western powers. But the main difference during the two wars was that in World War One the Germany Navy had a very large surface (battleships, destroyers, cruisers) fleet while in WWII the U-boats had to shoulder the fight pretty much alone.
We list them as U, UB and UC classes.
See the 33 types of U-boats used in the war.
Look for any commissioned WWI U-boat
During 1914-1918 375 U-boats sank about 7,661 merchant ships (15,690,936 tons).
5 most successful U-boats
The following are the most successful U-boats during WWI, in terms of ships sunk.
|Boat||Ships sunk||Tons sunk||Ships hit during|
|U 35||226 ships||538,498 tons||1915 - 1918|
|U 39||154 ships||406,325 tons||1915 - 1918|
|U 38||139 ships||293,133 tons||1915 - 1918|
|U 34||119 ships||257,652 tons||1915 - 1918|
|U 53||88 ships||225,364 tons||1916 - 1918|
See 20 most successful U-boats of WWI.
Some statistics:U-boats during WWI: 375
U-boats during WWII: 1156