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. Jpo

    What is there to be surprised that the masses do not know anything about history. They were even referencing the wrong movie, not U-572, it was U-571. Psst, Bon Jovi was not on the boarding party.

    What an awewome find though.

    March 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Juan Carlos Queipo

    Danm NAZIS we should NOT be celebrating this finding.

    March 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • mkeroad

      You're kidding, right? The Nazis were in World War II; this sub is a WWI model.

      March 16, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Fundies

    The u-1 must have been a real dud.

    March 16, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Enlightened

    I have to poo

    March 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chumlee

    it's going to be designated a war memorial? Thats nice. They were the agressors and they lost! What is there to memorialize? This is as stupid as the nitwits from Mississippi or whichever state they're in, that want to have a license plate glorifying the confederate general that was a member of the KKK.

    March 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • consul

      Chumlee you have to check with some history books your facts first.
      A Serbian assassinated the Austrian Archduke and his consort.
      Austria declared war on Serbia.
      Russia immediately declared war on Austria, as it had a pact with Serbia.
      Austria called on the Kaiser, as an ally, to stand by Austria and against Russia
      (The czar and the Kaiser were cousins, grandsons of Queen Victoria).
      Since Russia had a convenient pact with France and England, these two nations
      jumped into the fray. Poor Belgium got overrun by the Kaiser's troops on the way to Paris.
      Now everybody jumped into the war, which ended with an armistice on French soil in Nov. 1918.
      Now, Chumlee, can you pin point exactly who the aggressors were????
      I thought so, – all European nations were itching to have a go at each other, but no alpha-dog emerged!!

      March 16, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chumlee

      It was Austria and their German allies.

      Civilized people would have sent an hit team to kill the assasin and maybe a retalitory kill. Starting a world war over one man's death certainly qualifies as aggression to me.

      Your turn.

      March 17, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. Fundies

    Simon, benner, oppenheimer, taft. simon, benner, oppenheimer, taft. I don't know why I typed it the second time because I could have simply cut and pasted. time lost. damn it.

    March 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ylojelo

    Could be mine. One of my submarines is missing.

    March 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kevin mcg hou

    i am laughing my ass off right now. u and the remark from wattsa matta-i swear to god, that was funny!!!!! i read all of them and am still laughing!!

    March 16, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John

    Fundies, dude, there are more productive ways to express your cry for attention. Please, find it because your dozens of comments here are not funny... just really, really sad.

    March 16, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lets keep it real

    I guess this is one way to get history out there,History,Hmmm everyone should take it,learn from it.History really cool!

    March 16, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kasey Young

    What started WW1? Just curious.

    March 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • ruSERIOUS

      The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914 started WW1

      March 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ruSERIOUS


      March 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dr. Lecter, Ph D.

    This U-boat was clearly piloted by Prescott Bush.

    March 16, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. U-Boat Skipper

    Let's party like it's 1899!

    March 16, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Spock

    @banasy.....Donna, it was ravens(Suzannes)fault

    March 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Scott A. Whitcomb atty

    Sir, your comment makes no sense and is not germain. Please immediatly do one of the following things to remedy this situation
    1: A retroactive abortion with a shotgun to your head
    2: swallow two bottles of sleeping pills then come here again when you wake up, your a bit tense
    3. Go to the top of the highest building around and prove to me and everyone that you can fly which will shous us your are of a superior intelligence

    March 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
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