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Second World War
Battle of the Atlantic  - The U-Boats Surrender

With Germany's defeat in May 1945, its U-Boats (submarines) were required to surrender to Allied forces. The Royal Canadian Navy was involved in the surrender of U-Boats in European waters, while U-190 and U-889, surrendering to Canadian forces in the Western Atlantic, were brought to ports in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.

U-889's Control Room
U-889's Control Room

The U-Boats that had hunted Allied ships since September 1939 were complex, crowded war machines.

Ordinarily the centre of command in a U-Boat, the control room brought together vital controls, equipment, and sensors for fighting. Some of these controls and equipment are visible here, including valves (left) controlling compressed air for the submarine's diving tanks, which allowed it to submerge and come to the surface. In the centre, the ladder to the conning tower and the large vertical housing for the two periscopes are clearly visible.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 20010066-041_11

15 U-Boats Surrender, Loch Eriboll
Surrendered U-Boats at Lisahally, Northern Ireland
U-570 Sailor's Cap
The Surrender of U-190, 1945
U-190 Surrender Document
U-190 and Canadian Escort
German Prisoners Leaving Their U-Boat, Bay Bulls, Newfoundland
MP28/2 Sub-machine Gun
Equipment Plates from U-190
U-190's Starglobe
U-190 Pennant
Under Canadian Control
U-889's Crew
Inside U-889
U-889's Control Room
U-889's Aft Torpedo Room
U-889's Stern
U-889's Bridge Superstructure