Routine on sea

Luckywise the patrol on sea is not always hunting for, or evading from the enemy. There is a lot a time spent where nothing happens except the loosing of fuel, when no enemy is in sight.

Here are some pics to portrait these moments. The "action"-section will be more in the patrol reports attached to bio pages.

Outside the u-boat

The weather is almost setting how the crew can live on board With sunny side up and beeing away from the reach of the allied airplanes live might be sometimes fun, even in a german u-boat in World War II.

The north-atlantic can be a place for relaxing if no enemy is in sight or has to be awaited.

Also with light waves and not so good weather conditions the duties onboard are not the hardest.

A little chat in the "Wintergarten" of a VIIC type,
only about militaric tactics and nothing private.

If the weather turns in to a storm, fun is over.

The stern of a VIIC pumps in the sea. Waves three times
as high as the tower of the u-boat are rolling towards the
The men are wet as fishes and the length of a guard duty
is down to 2 hours.

Inside the u-boat

It was a little stormy, hu?

The bread is getting mouldly due to wetness in the u-boat.
It is the task of the youngest crew members to clean the bread
Not a wanted task.

In the central, in the e-machine, or in
the diesel room is always something
to do.

The controls have to be watched and
the machines must be maintained.


Routine can be a deadly trap. Therefore the commander orders sometimes to the surprise of the crew a test alert. If trouble shooting excercises are added the whole crew is sometimes wishing the appearance of a real threat to get out of that mess.

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