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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.

Equipment Plates from U-190
Equipment Plates from U-190

These plastic plates identifying equipment in U-190 were kept as souvenirs of the surrendered U-Boat.

Surrendered U-Boats and their crews were the subject of considerable curiosity for Canadian sailors, many of whom sought souvenirs of their encounters. Equipment nameplates like these - small, portable, and easily removable - were good candidates. Kenneth George Tryon, one of U-190's commanding officers when the submarine was in Canadian service between 1945 and 1947, kept these plates as souvenirs. Other Canadians also acquired similar examples from the surrendered U-Boat.

Equipment Nameplates
CWM 19680168-006
CWM 19680168-010 - 015

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