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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-570 Sailor's Cap
U-570 Sailor's Cap

Gordon Charlebois, a Royal Canadian Naval Reserve officer serving in HMCS Niagara, kept this German sailor's cap as a souvenir of German submarine U-570's August 1941 surrender.

During the Second World War, a number of U-Boats surrendered to Allied forces or were seized by Allied boarding parties following battles. U-570, damaged by a British aircraft on 27 August 1941, surrendered to Allied forces, including HMCS Niagara. Subsequently towed to Iceland, repaired, and renamed HMS Graph, the submarine remained in British service until 1944.

Service Dress Cap
CWM 19860163-001

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