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Type IA U-Boat

Type IA

Launched in February 14 1936, the Type IA was the first U-boat to be designed under German specification and was the first to receive the Type designation. This design was considered a failure as it had poor sea worthiness, poor maneuverability and was mechanically unreliable. Only two were built, which after initial trials, it was decided to cancel further production of this class. The two were relegated to training and for propaganda roles to fly the Nazi flag. Nevertheless, the Type IA served as a basis for the development of other types, namely the VII and IX class boats.



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Despite the fact that they were relegated to training and propaganda roles, the Type IA saw limited action at the outbreak of war. The first Type IA, U-25, commanded by Viktor Schutze sank six British freighters. She was then assigned to a new commander, Heinz Beduhn. On August 3 1940, while on a mine laying mission during the invasion of Norway, U-25 was lost with all hands on board possibly victim to one of its own mines.

U-26, under Heinz Scheringer sank three freighters and damaged a fourth before being attacked and sank on July 1, 1940. All 48 crew members survived.


Technical Specification

Type IA
Role Attack U-boat
Displacement
Surfaced
Submerged

862 tons
983 tons
Dimensions
Length
Beam
Draught

237.5ft (72.39m)
20.4ft (6.21m)
14.1ft (4.3m)
Top speed
Surfaced
Submerged

17.75 knots
8.3 knots
Maximum range
Surfaced
Submerged

6,700nm at 12 knots
78nm at 4 knots
Crush depth
Crash dive time
328ft (100m)
30secs
Weapons
Bow tubes
Stern tubes
Torpedo capacity
Mines
Guns
 

Four 21 inch
Two 21 inch
14
TMA, TMB
1 x 105mm deck gun
1 x 20mm Flak
Officers and crew 4 + 39 = 43
Total built 2
First launch February 14, 1936




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