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First World War (1914-1918)
The U-Boat Menace

The emergence of the submarine was a major development in naval warfare. German submarine - or U-Boat - attacks against Allied shipping in the Atlantic and in European waters posed a major threat to the Allied war effort.

Cut-Away German U-Boat Mine
Cut-Away German U-Boat Mine

Transported and laid by specially-designed U-Boats (submarines), German mines like this could damage or sink ships.

Vertical rails with rollers allowed the mine to slide out the bottom of a tube and sink to the bottom of the sea. The circular base remained on the bottom, while the spherical buoyancy chamber (white) containing the explosive charge (red) rose at the end of a cable to a pre-set depth. Contact "horns" (not installed on this example) broke when struck by a ship's hull, detonating the mine's explosive charge.

Naval Mine, German
CWM 19390002-835

The Return of U-9
U-Boat Deck Gun
Periscope Lens, U-117
U-Boat Signalling Lamp
Cut-Away German U-Boat Mine
German Naval Mine, U-153
SS Audax Sinking
Life Ring, SS Brussels
Life Ring, UC-77
"We risk our lives to bring you food. It's up to you not to waste it."
Porthole, RMS Lusitania
Qu'importe l'existence des Neutres! L'Allemagne est au dessus de tout! (Neutrality is irrelevant! Germany sees herself above all else!)
HMHS Llandovery Castle
Depth Charge, "Type G"
Model, U-27
First World War Atlantic Convoy
German Submarine U-118