WWI German U-boat found sunk off Netherlands
A German U-boat of the same era as this one, photographed in 1916, has been found off the coast of the Netherlands.
March 16th, 2011
09:30 AM ET

WWI German U-boat found sunk off Netherlands

Dutch researchers found the wreck of a World War I German submarine in 2009 but kept the discovery secret until this week, Radio Netherlands Worldwide reported.

The crew of the research ship HNLMS Snellius hoped they'd found a Dutch submarine that disappeared in 1940, but the vessel turned out to be much older. A brass plate indicated the sub was the German U-106, which sank during World War I, the radio report said.

The announcement of the discovery was delayed while German officials confirmed the sub's identity and sought out relatives of crew members, according to the radio report.

A Dutch navy spokesman told Radio Netherlands the U-boat would not be raised but would be designated a war memorial.

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  1. Common Sense

    Hats off to those brave souls that served and were lost on her.

    March 16, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Mike....how do you figure this has anything to do with the Nazis? Go.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • yabbut

      Nazis didn't exist until 1933, Mike. Hats off to ignorance and bitterness, Mike.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • rich


      Read, in fact RE-READ the article and you will find that THIS is from World War I (1914-1918) and they fought and DIED under the German Empire (Kaiser Welhelm) not Adolf Hitler and the NAZI party of 1923-1945. These brave sailors died in a conflict they believe in and with honor they need to be remember. In fact you could probably find a "JEW" amongst the crew that is entomb in the sub.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • fritz65

      Mike, In WWI they WERE NOT called "Nazi's". They were called "Germans" or "Jerry's", but NOT "Nazi's". Hitler started the Nazi Party after WWI (I believe the 1930's) – he was but a young corporal in WWI.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Not to derail the history lesson, but it's also worth pointing out that the majority of Hitler's rank and file in WWII were hardly Nazis either.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • loaba

      Just a little something about Nazis – even in WWII, the average enlisted man probably wasn't a Nazi party member. Just keep that in mind, please.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • aatami

      It's amazing to me that americans could turn this awesome story and a nice comment about it into a rabid display of stupidity and ignorance. Honestly, americans could screw up a dog fight!

      March 16, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • gums32

      I am going to run out and watch U-572 tonight thanks for the history lesson!!! I am excited

      March 16, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • gums32

      Run Silent, Run Deep... Wheeeeeee!!!

      March 16, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • gums32

      The Hunt For Red October???

      March 16, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Evan

      Not only were the vast majority of soldiers serving in WWII not members of the Nazi party, but many who were civil functionaries were required to be members in order to hold their post. Pretty much anyone whose rank in a civil service position was at middle management level or above was required to be a member, and many were also required to be members of the dreaded SS. Among them, a grandfather who was nothing more than the railroad station master in a whistle stop town of 500 people in the Hartz mountains.

      March 16, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • cfales

      skip u-572 and watch Das Boot!

      March 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      May they rest in Peace, and some of you are right. Some of us Americans slept through History class or at least didn't pay attention. A Sub from WWI was a German Empire Boat, not a Nazi. Nazi's came in to the scene in the middle 30's.

      March 16, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • WardHorkin

      crazy.. wish i was a scuba diver.

      March 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • yankee

      Hats off really? To salute those who supported world domination at the expense of so many who gave their lives for freedom? I think not. Germany has been on the wrong side for two wars in the last century. You people forget why there was a WWI and a WWII, because of idiots who thought it was their god given right to invade others' homes, and rob them of THEIR God given right to live in peace. Those guys who perished in that U boat were on the wrong side, and unfortunately paid for being on the wrong side with their lives. Brave... maybe, but I will keep my hat right where it belongs, on my head!

      March 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dive! Dive! Dive!

      "We all live in a German submarine..German submarine..German submarine.."–Volkswagon Beetles.
      Best flick on subs is "The Enemy Below" with Robert Mitchum & Kurt Jergens...1958

      March 16, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kaptain Kumar

      "Hey Harold...we gots to get a sub to sneak in da smoke like the Columbians are using now."
      "You're right Kumar..I know an old German sub we can get cheap..only been sunk once."

      March 16, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fredo

      U572 is one of the stupidest movies ever made about world war 2, not to mention it offended an entire nation. First of all, that mission they refer to, was done by the Brits, not the Americans, number two, the mission did not happen anything like in the movie, it was a German submarine that was sinking, and the Brits sent a party inside the sub which was already emptied of Germans, there were no shootings inside, when the raid was over the Brits found an enigma machine abandoned and rescued it, that's all. There was no German destroyer sunk in the mission, there was no German sub sunk nor an American one, all that was basically Hollywood made up crap, there is not a single American movie were they actually give a crap about historical facts regarding world war two, this goes from Saving Private Ryan, Pearl Harbor, Wind talkers, etc.... they are made to entertain and make you feel good with yourself so you can feel satisfied, fat belly full of popcorn and patriotic. They are not meant for you to think.

      March 16, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimmer

      I agree, these guys were just fighting for thier homes and countries, like in every other war. They gave thier lives for their homeland and they should be honored.

      March 16, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • rick james

      forget hunt for red october...down periscope

      March 16, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChrisMeece

      I am curious to know if those of you who are celebrating these troops even though they were an enemy of the US, do you hold the same respect for the confederate soldiers who died in the US Civil War?

      March 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • bailoutsos

      Dive! Dive! Dive!
      "We all live in a German submarine..German submarine..German submarine.."–Volkswagon Beetles.
      Best flick on subs is "The Enemy Below" with Robert Mitchum & Kurt Jergens...1958

      "Das Boat" was pretty good also.

      March 16, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • psx2rulz

      the movie is called U-571 just an fyi. dunno why they kept the find secret for 2 years...could have told people and THEN looked for relatives.

      March 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • scott

      Yabutt, the acronym NAZI may not have made an appearance until 1933, however antisemitism has been around for thousands of years! Don't nit pick!

      March 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • jj


      the movie is u-571 and was based on several different captures of german enigma coding machines by british and american forces during the battle of the atlantic. there WAS an american boarding of u-505 by a carrier task force during the battle of the atlantic two days BEFORE d-day. that u-boat is on display at the museum of science and industry in chicago. capturing the enigma machines was essential (along with radar) at turning the tide in the battle of the atlantic...

      movies are meant to sell tix. that movie was simply a tribute (and states it at the end). how you thought it was a true story is beyond belief; actually, you're just an absolute idiot.

      March 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Some Dude

      At this point in history there are exactly two people left alive on earth who fought in WWI. The last American died recently and now the last two are British men aged 110 years.

      I think it is time to stop being bitter and angry about the war and see it for the human tragedy it was for both sides. The men who lost their lives on this u-boat were not evil men. It took great courage to take on the risk of u-boat service and there is nothing wrong with respecting that courage.

      There is a mutual respect amongst submariners, even for their enemies. Perhaps if we followed their example and respected even those who disagree with us, we would be less likely to slaughter each other.

      This is not about the last war, or the one before it. It is about the next war and the one that will follow. No need to keep the anger going.

      March 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chaos

      Stop feeding the troll.

      March 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slats

      Actually Fritz65 Hitler did not start the Nazi party.

      March 16, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fundies

      Five.......Five...........Five Dollar Foot Longggg. It's a fitting tribute to this u-boat and crew.

      March 16, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Duecetrips

    Hats off?? It was a GERMAN sub.... the enemy!

    March 16, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • yabbut

      Enemy then... not so much now. They were people like us; it's time to move on.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Dom

      The Enemy, yeah... poor sods intoxicated by high-level propagandists (read : politicians)

      March 16, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Funny thing is that the sailors on the U-boat weren't Nazis Keith. Uneducated much?

      March 16, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • yabbut

      Nazis didn't exist until 1933, Duecetrips. WWI was started by the foolish actions of foolish European leaders. The men on all sides, including those on that sub, were victims of the era's foolishness. We have the hindsight to recognize that. A shame that bitter people posting on this site can't see that.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Ed, Spring TX

      Keith – there weren't Nazi's is WWI. Go back to grade school history.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • max

      Seems to be a lot of historical ignorance on this forum

      March 16, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Barry from Wisconsin

      Germans contributed (and still do) much to society. Until recently, the largest group of immigrants to the USA were of German heritage.

      The Nazis controlled a government that did truly terrible things. To blame sailors on a WW I submarine for anything is just plain ignorant.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • The King

      Let me guess, you voted for john mccain. While living in a binary, black and white world might simplify thinking, your obtuse nature will eventually steal your soul. Now, tune back in to glen beck so he can tell you what to fear and hate, coward.

      March 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • imabitodd

      I bet it was the German Sub officer's descendants who tried to bomb Nakatomi Plaza in L.A. Thank god for a true American hero like NYPD officer John McClane who on that fateful 1988 Christmas Eve was willing to risk his life to save dozens of innocent lives!

      March 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. upinya

    Common Sense HAS NO common sense

    March 16, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • yabbut

      "Enemy" is dependent on your point of view. It was a long time ago, and the individuals serving on that sub were no different than our own soldiers. People with families defending their homes. WWI was a foolish war started by foolish leaders. Those who fought on all sides were victims of that.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. keith

    may want to clarify for those uneducated that there were actually 2 subs referred to as U-106, one in WW1 and one in WW2....both of which were sunk, one off of the cost of the Netherlands (WW1 model) and the other off the coast of Spain (WW2)

    March 16, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • mfred

      It was clarified in the article that this sub was from WW1. Can you read?

      March 16, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • loaba

      He's just telling you that the Germans used the hull number, U-106, in two different conflicts. I think it's a neat piece of trivia.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mikey

    The crew of this submarine were not nazis. There were no nazis in WWI. They were German sailors, do their job as their government ordered them to do. Read your history.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. disaffected

    so this U-106 had no nazis on it at any time Mike, Keith?

    March 16, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      No it obviously did not have Nazis on it.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • mfred

      At the time it sank, there were no NAZIS on board because there was no NAZI party when it was sunk!
      Why does this not make sense to some people on this thread?

      March 16, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • loaba

      These are the same people who go to the zoo, see that the bald eagle does indeed have fur on it's head, and wonder aloud in confusion "I thought it was bald!" Idiots.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Henry Miller

      "Bald" eagles have fur? How odd... I thought birds had feathers. 🙂

      March 16, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • aatami

      This little mini-thread of ridiculousness is like a monty python skit. If it weren't serious it would be hysterical, instead it's just pathetic.

      March 16, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • mobrule

      ha! fools all of you! you believe the history the man brainwashed you with. nazis were there, if you look closely at the pic, you can clearly see hitler on deck, right next to his time traveling alien allies!!!!

      March 16, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • judge-mental

      loaba comment wins, hands down thats just comedy and sarcasm and LOL written all over it.

      March 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. manwadd

    A u 106. a very rare find. a very valuable insight into "the great war" it was not all trench warfare.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dan

    Some of you need to reread your history books! It wasn't a "Nazi" boat... the Nazi Party wasn't around for World War I....
    Geezus, no wonder our U.S. students rank behind other nations, with ignorant "facts" spouted like that.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • gerry

      I just pray the world is not laughing at our ignorance of world history from these posts.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Bluewrist

      We are laughing but it's also very scary that people from the U.S. have no clue about World history!

      March 16, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • aatami

      I read in another article that the satanic altar still had candles burning on it!

      March 16, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      It's called teaching to the test. One of the first things schools sacrificed to spend more time pounding useless formula's into students heads was history lessons. Ditto government, logic & philosophy, and literature – in short if it wouldn't help students score as well as Chinese drones (who can buy solution manuals for the test under the counter at book stands), it was and is on the list to get axed. Of course the extreme right here in the US is glad for that; their entire way to keep power requires that people be easily controlled through fear, ignorance, and blind acceptance of religion. If an entire generation should grow up learning about the past, the world beyond their own little town, and to ask questions it would cause their hold on power to crumble away and leave them back to the tiny collection of ranting fanatics that they were 30 years ago.

      March 16, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • RTW

      This thread is a prime example of the reasons we home educated our kids

      March 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Elijah

    Tankroth child your an idiot. Nazis were in ww2 not ww1.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff

    The Nazi party didn't exist until a decade after this boat sank. Hats off to people who don't post idiotic comments.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. readabook

    Uh, the nazis did not exist till 1933. So the sub was sunk before 1920. How does this work? How are they something that didn't even exist? Dude, read a ook inbred.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  12. visitor

    Who is Sarah P?

    March 16, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Fundies

      I am Sarah P.

      March 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |

    "wushu" ????

    March 16, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  14. Scott

    The fact that anyone on here thinks that there were NAZIs on a WW1 submarine is almost as funny, more sad than funny really really, read a book, almost as funny as all those Confederate greys at the Alamo.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Yes, the confederates were doing fine until the Nazis attacked!

      March 16, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • imabitodd

      This is why we have Time Cops.

      March 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Education

    And once again we see the low level of American education

    March 16, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Can't Believe It

      Yes, lack of education and ignorance and yet the Republicans and TeaBaggers are proposing things like cutting Head Start, Education Funding, and even getting rid of the Department of Education. Will the average education level improve if they do?

      March 16, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Gail

      Education isn't the job of the federal government, it's a state and local issue. A federal department of education should never have even been created.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Earnest T Bass

      Why not? They saved the Banks and the Auto industry? No. Your wright the Government has way too many Departments that it ought not be in, And Pres Bam Bam has more cabinet members than any previous President. Democrats = Big Government. Always Has. Always will.

      March 16, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • chuck s

      You are right, the Department of Defense is much too large. Republican Senator Ron Paul wishes to cut it back since it is the biggest money pit in the Federal Government. Join Senator Ron Paul in cutting back spending on the Department of Defense.

      March 16, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • mike l

      Sorry, dude, same amount of cabinet officers. He has not created one new cabinet position. Fox news tell you that? Try getting some real news.

      March 16, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruth

      So we can go back to the days when some state's educational standards were way behind other states? My mother moved during the summer before her senior year in ~1930 & she found she'd already studied everything her new classmates were studying. Her freshman year at college was also quite easy.

      March 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike l

      So every state gets to set its own education levels? Does that mean Mississippi and Texas can be home to the dumbest people in the country and be proud of it? Okay if they teach that the world is flat?

      March 16, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Chuck S The problem with education in the United States is what we are teaching our kids, we focus too much on Africa and the War Between the States (1861 to 1865). We need to be teaching world history not just a few selected parts of it. Take, for example just about every race and culture in the USA has a history month to learn about the culture with the exception of one race, where is European history month. Why do we forget the heritage and culture of 70% of the inhabitance of this country?

      March 16, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • judge-mental

      But they're not a minority... sooo, nobody gets their panties in a bind and threatens the liberal school systems with loss of voter base.. I can take this farther but its not funny and we're in a good mood.

      March 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wobh

      We don't. We celebrate it every day.

      It's like my mother's reply on Mother's Day when I asked her why there is no Kid's Day. She said every day is Kid's Day

      March 16, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fundies

      Chickens make lousy house pets.

      March 16, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slats

      Try a little research and check out educational levels prior to the department of education.

      March 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOe

      True Dat.

      March 16, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aleseller1745

      ...and the low level of Education...

      March 16, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chumlee

      But what about the high level of our humor?

      March 17, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
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