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. Kyle

    I got to give those sailors credit in the U-boats of WW1. I remember my grandfather telling me that the Germans of that era didn't even know if they would surface again after they dived or even if the torpedoes would leave the tubes if they fired one. They have some very interesting tech back then for the era, and some brave people.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Very, very brave.....

      March 16, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. Randy M. from Richfield

    In WWI they were Germans, not Nazis, but they were also humans. RIP to those aboard. What is it good for?
    Absolutely nothing

    March 16, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank Luke - balloon buster

      More veterans who did their duty...like vets from all countries & causes & wars do. Please see the WWI museum in KC. Kansas for a nice study on WWI.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      Frank, just an FYI...the museum is in Kansas City, Missouri, in case anybody would like to research it. Thank you for making mention of it though. It is a terrific museum to obtain history knowledge!

      March 16, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dalimey

    Most of them were fighting for their country, just like our grandparents and parents did and Family members do now. Have some respect.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. Duecetrips

    Bitter people??? Millions off people lost family because of german soldiers doing their job... What do you tell those people... get over it?? Nice!

    March 16, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • yabbut

      Wow, Duecetrips. Yes, you actually do tell those people to get over it and get on with their lives. Bitterness held for generations is the cause of problems in the Middle East, Bosnia, Northern Ireland, and many, many other places around the world. Ever hear of the Hatfields and McCoys? Case in point on a local level.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • sw6blues

      Millions of people have lost their lives and families because of Americans or British or French or Russians doing their jobs as well.

      Anyway, The First World War started the 20th Century down the path it took by redrawing maps, jump-starting regional and ethnic rivalries because of the map redrawing as well as creating antagonisms and paranoia between nations. It also started one man down the path to madness and power. A young Austrian fighting for Germany who started out as a peaceful art student but left his service with Germany bitter and resentful towards Germany's defeat. WW one laid down the road toward WWII. It's really just one big war with 20 something years of intermission...

      March 16, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • ErstO

      Wars are waged by politicians , but they are fought by young men following orders. Do not blame the solders for the wars caused by politicians.

      March 16, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. Richard, Chattanooga

    WOW. There are more ignorant people in this country than I thought. Arrogance and stupidity are a dangerous combination.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. yabbut

    Thanks to all you posters who do have a clue.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. Alan Anderson

    Good morning, Lemmings.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. RW

    And a redneck is a waste of potentially harvestable organs and blood pproducts that might actually do some good for others instead of spreading hate, lies, and ignorance

    March 16, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Sixoh

      I've seen black and white rednecks. So what do we do with them? Assuming you're talking only about the white ones...

      March 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slats

      Wow now I know what a redneck is. And as a bonus I also learned what an ignorant person spouts to denigrate a whole segment of society. Dork

      March 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slats

      You sir are ignorant.

      March 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fundies

      Slats, let's get a revolution together and fight the serious, negative powers in this forum. Power to people, inluding morons, rednecks, and everyone except fundamentalists.

      March 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JC

    Hats off to all those who wear dolphins. It takes a lot of balls to crawl into what could easily become your very own steel coffin, and dive beneath the surface of an ocean that is trying its best to kill you. Add to that the certainty of being shot at, and you have a bunch of very brave individuals, no matter what the nationality, and no matter what the time period.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark From Virginia

      Sounds like a fellow bubblehead. No matter what country of the sub you ride, we are all brothers of the realm. Rest well in your eternal patrol.

      March 16, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gesu cristof

    Germans are some of the greatest contributors to human progress. Read a book (even Wiki), turn off Starcraft and go find a lady.
    But you won't..

    March 16, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • yankee

      In every civilization and country, you will find people in history whom contributed to the human race, but Germany has the unique honor of having participated/propagated two wars that were responsible for eradicating many lives ie; WWI and WWII. And while the German citizens could do little to stop the war, they definitely did not put up much of a fight, and turned a blind eye to the atrocities being comitted by their own countrymen. let's just say that I am glad to not be German.

      March 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • SH

      lol, yeah an we massacred the Native Americans and stole their land. Every human is a walking hypocrite.

      March 16, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      No we just were a stronger society than the Native Americans. If their culture was meant to last they would have. Look how quickly they fell in battle or realized that it was best to just join the much stronger and more advanced opponent.

      March 16, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saxman

      Yankee... You better do some reading buddy. Just making yourself look uneducated.

      March 16, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thorrsman

      @yankee, the propaganda from the French and the British that blamed Germany for World War One went a long way to creating the conditions that caused World War Two.

      March 16, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Nick

    Hey everbody! This is from Holland! Isn't dat veird?

    March 16, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • yo

      My winkie is gooooooooooold

      March 16, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. JM

    There are some real morons in this country

    March 16, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • DBJR

      YEP,and some of them are in our goverment tryinto run our country,

      March 16, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mikemor

    hw I cant believe you would say somthing that DUMB !!!!! Fox Nuse has your head clouded. STOP watching....

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

      do you honestly believe what you posted? do you really think people don't think for themselves and are brainwashed by a news channel?

      March 16, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      "Fox Nuse" ? You can't even spell and your are calling other people dumb.

      The left hates Fox News because they are the only major network that doesn't filter out all the stories that reflect negatively on Obama and the rest of his democratic friends. Obama can refer to his own "Muslim Faith", having been to "Fifty-Seven States", and rabble on like a complete idiot without ever having the mainstream media show any of it, yet Palin is vilified and placed under a microscope for anything that she does or says. Fox News is by far the most well balanced news source in the US. The only reason they appear to be right leaning is because of how far to the left everyone else is.

      March 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred Evil

      LOL @ Dave – Fox 'News' is balanced? Well, about as balanced as you are....

      Here, you'll need this towel to dry off your brain once Fox is done washing it...

      LOL, Fox is BALANCED!!!?

      March 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Stephen Hawking knows more than you

    Education's a turncoat, a traitor, a troll. Clearly he's a troll.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. John

    All these people that cant get past the fact that all germans are not Nazi's are they same people who accept all the BS about every muslim being out to get them. How sad.

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