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By Jak P. Mallmann Showell, Angus Konstam

The seventh U-Boat Flotilla - 'Wegener' - was once shaped in Kiel in June 1938 with six boats, just one of which survived operationally to the top of the warfare. Early battle motion from Kiel replaced thoroughly after the autumn of France whilst the flotilla moved to St Nazaire, the place it'll stay till the Allied advances led its final boats to maneuver to Norway.
Some 114 boats observed carrier with the flotilla and such a lot of them served within the North Atlantic the place their operations nearly introduced Britain to its knees. the tale of the flotilla starts off with the tale of the convoy predators; during the grim realities of the convoy process whose escorts benefited from extremely decrypting of the Kriegsmarine's codes; the bloodbath of the U-boats trying to halt the invasion of Europe; to the ultimate coda as 14 boats escaped from St. Nazaire to Norway.
Ian Westwell spent 5 years within the Royal army ahead of turning into Curator of guns on the Royal Armouries. After a spell as a marine archaeologist he grew to become leader Curator on the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West. He moved again to England to jot down complete time in 2001.

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Allied aircraft launched repeated raids on the port, and the U-boat pens were the prime target. Despite being pounded by over 2,000 tons of bombs during their three years of operation, and receiving at least 18 direct hits, the U-boat pens remained in operation, although much of the surrounding town was destroyed. The first operational boats to use St Nazaire as a base were U-46, U-48 and U-96, which arrived on 28 February 1941. From then until June, most of the flotilla's boats would call St Nazaire their home port, although it lacked decent repair facilities until the U-boat pens were completed, which meant badly-damaged boats still had to return to Kiel for repair.

Some 41 U-boats were sunk in May alone, the highest monthly loss of the war. The writing was on the wall even so, and on 24 May 1943 Donitz conceded defeat. The Rudeltaktik had proved a costly failure. C. Stulcken & Sohn, Hamburg Commissioned: 2 September 1942 Operational in flotilla: 1 April 1943 Commander: ObltzS Dietrich von Carlewitz Operational patrols: 1 Allied vessels sunk: 0 Fate: Sunk on 24 April 1943 (no survivors) 52 Left: Touching up the emblem of a frog sitting in the rain under an umbrella on U-95 (Kptlt Gerd Schreiber).

DEFEAT IN THE ATLANTIC: JUNE 1943 TO MARCH 1944 By the summer of 1943, aircraft were seen as the worst enemy of the U-boat. Flak armament was increased, and boats were re-deployed to the south, around the Azores, which was thought to be beyond Allied air cover. The most dangerous area was now considered the Bay of Biscay, which boats had to cross en route to their hunting grounds. Donitz ordered that boats travel together, to maximise their flak strength. This proved another failure, as the Allies simply attacked in larger formations.

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