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. Alan

    Personally, I think that the sub should be raised, and the remains returned to their families, and then the boat can be put into a museum. As a sub sailor back in the early 80's I know that those subs had miserable living conditions and poor safety.
    As to those who would take shots at Germans dead for close to a century – get a serious clue. Your ignorance of world history is appalling. Perhaps you should look back at how we treated our OWN soldiers who came back from Vietnam before you criticize anyone who did their duty for their country. And it was morons like you who also imposed overly harsh conditions on the Germans after WWI that spawned the Nazis in the 1930's. And now you spawn the Tea Party and ignorant right-wing Republicans. Things never change.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Earnest T Bass

      How bitter can you be about the democracy that you were put on that sub for can be? You were just about correct but then you showed your true LEFT side. NOW KEEP QUIET!

      March 16, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      You retard, did you really just compare Nazi's to the Tea Party?? As a proud Republican I just wanted to thank you for willingly showing everybody who reads your post how truly ignorant Liberals are.

      March 16, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • mobrule

      keep going alan! you make the left look really stupid. a favorite of the left, france, were the ones pushing for the harsh treatment of germany, and I doubt there were many conservatives spitting on our boys as they returned from nam. you should be in radio.

      March 16, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Thanks for serving Alan. Couldn't agree with you more. The only thing we produce anymore in this country is ignorance and vitriol.

      March 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuck

      Poor, poor Alan, it's the left who you should fear. Ignorance is bliss!

      March 16, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • FlyGuyInSJ

      Uh, Alan?

      It wasn't the right who did the things that you rightly criticize. Our returning soldiers were treated disgracefully during the Viet Nam war, but it was not conservatives doing that. My father-in-law is a Vietnam veteran, and no conservative ever had anything but kind words for his service. It was the left that got us into Vietnam. And WW II. And WW I. And Korea. Imagine that: the Bushes were the first Republicans since McKinley to lead us into a large war, and the Spanish-American War was so one-sided and so short that I'm probably stretching things to call it a large war. It is also worth noting that McKinley was firmly opposed to the war but was pushed into it by the Democrats. In that case, we have to go all the way back to Lincoln to find a Republican who lead us into a major war, and that, at least, was not a foreign war. So, the facts on the ground are that we are far more likely to be involved in a foreign war by a Democrat than by a Republican.

      WRT the Treaty of Versailles, Wilson (to his credit) was opposed to its terms, but the British and French would not back down, They are the ones who imposed crippling war reparations on Germany over Wilson's objections and in so doing not only planted the seeds of WW II, but watered them, fertilized them, and virtually guaranteed they would grow. And so, of course, they did, and lead to a most bitter harvest.

      Before you criticize the right – which by and large believes we ought to mind our own business and fight only when we must and when our vital national interests are at stake – you ought to take a good hard look at the left, who at the drop of a hat is willing to get us involved in foreign wars. You can argue that we had vital national interests in WW II, but if that is true, it is only made true by the fact that we entered WW I, in which we most certainly did not have a vital national interest. Without our entry into WW I, the French, Germans, and British (three empires fighting amongst themselves) would have eventually had to make some kind of peace deal and go home. They were at a stalemate, with half of France occupied and neither side able to dislodge the other from its lines. We entered the war and tipped the balance in favor of the French and the British, which was a mistake. There was no clearcut Good Guy or Bad Guy in WW I, and we should have left them to their own devices. The results of failing to do so are very clear in history.

      March 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slats

      Alan, your stupid.

      March 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • standingwave

      ONE guy makes a stupid comment blaming the right and suddenly you people illogically conclude he's a Liberal(he could just as easily be Independent) and the proceed to paint all Liberals with the same brush.Nothing but division from you guys.
      As for the sub.The bottom of the ocean is a great place for it.I don't veiw modern Germans as any kind of enemy but sinking this warship probably saved Allied lives at the time.The saddest thing about WW1 was how easily it could have been prevented.Seems like Europe was just looking for an excuse.

      March 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. max

    Not all Germans in the 40s were Nazis, there was a very active resistance movement in Germany. It's like saying all Americans are Republicans.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Get a life

      Or worse ignorant, hippocritical democarts, that somehow think they are better then everyone else.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • conradshull

      A more accurate analogy would be "..all Americans were Socialists" (NAZI – National Socialist German Workers Party)

      March 16, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Draino

      Yes, I agree with you that there was a large amount of resistance in Germany at that time, and please note that I am a democrat, but I do have to say that at least the republicans in charge aren't rounding up all of the democrats and putting them into forced labor camps, or just outright executing them because we have different beliefs.

      World War 1 was a dispute created by dozens of secret treaties and alliances that took one spark to set the entire world on fire. Unfortunately, when the war was finally over, we didn't learn from these mistakes, which directly lead to a more deadly and more horrible world war a quarter century later.

      The sailors on that submarine were certainly a brave bunch who fought and died for their nation, and should be treated as heroes. RIP. Now their families will know what became of them.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. Digger

    Anyone doubting the decline of American intelligence just needs to read these comments.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. Allen

    Good lord. This is truly apalling how many people think that the Nazis existed in World War I. CNN ought to do a story about the misconceptions people still have today about World War I and Nazis in general. As has been stated, the NSDAP did not exist until 1923. The fact that many people commented saying the boat was filled with them is just appalling in terms of education. Germans were not evil in World War I. All parties that fought in that war were no cleaner than any other, that includes the U.S. who violated it's own neutrality.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Slats

      Come on people. Quit posting stuff if yo don't know what it is you are posting. The Nazis existed before 1933. What do you think they proclaimed themselves as a party and then suddenly in 1933 Hitler won the Chancelorship of Germany? They were around since 1920 as the NSDAP (National Socialist German Workers Party ) and Nazi is just an abbreviation of that.

      March 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. LG

    Brief history lesson:

    German Imperial Navy/Army 1871-1919 under Kaiser Wilhelm II.

    National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazi) 1933-1945 under Adolf Hitler.

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

      And add in:
      Reichswehr – Weimar Republic, 1919-1933

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

      There were Nazis in the first world war, but they just didn't know there were Nazis yet.

      March 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason



      March 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. CorpRattX

    If being stupid is painful, I know some of you are really hurting.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. AMERICA 1st

    God be with the families and friends of ALL soldiers and sailors of any era who died in any country, any era! they all died while doing their duty, regardless of where they came from. war is never a pleasant affair!

    March 16, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. trololol

    So...this was a nazi boat, right?

    March 16, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill Duke


      March 16, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Cliff

      Based on my reading of all the comments, it appears that this was a Nazi boat.

      March 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Muggsy3

    U obviously cant come up with an appropriate post for THIS story because of ignorance, lack of intelligence or both, so U fall back on a canned rant fed to U by UR handlers. really too bad UR parents were allowed to breed.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. John

    This U-Boat was sunken a very long time ago, but to the extent that it was used in battle and sunken in battle during WW1. Not WW2, why do people get so mixed up? It is because we found out about WW2 first and have bad thoughts about Germans. But that was only Adolf Hitler changing everyones look at other people. So now we caught it and think that they are plain outrageously nasty and disgusted by their nature. They are people, we are people, we are all the same. Who knows, maybe other countries think of us like that.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. conradshull

    I'll leave the "Remedial Intro to Fundamentals of History" class to others. On the subject of submarines of that era, read the amazing story of the US S-FIVE sub sinking and the incredible events that led to saving the entire crew. Hint: the captain stood the sub on it's head! The book is "Under Pressure: The Final Voyage of Submarine S-Five".

    March 16, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. slupdawg

    Frank Luke: Ditto on the WWI museum in Kansas City, but it's actually in Missouri, near Union Station, not in Kansas. Still a world class museum and the ONLY one in the world dedicated to WWI. Liberty memorial is there also, and constructed after the war to honor those who served. It looks kinda like the Washington Monument. Frank Buckles, who just passed in the last month, was the last known WWI vet. He had been doing what he could for construction of a new monument to those who served in WWI to be erected in Washington DC. The one they currently have is in disrepair and not really representative of the sacrafices those people made.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Draino

      The WW1 museum in KC is an outstanding look back at the Great War and it impact on the world still today. I visited it for the first time this past summer, and am greatly looking forward to returning again because the three hours I was there wasn't enough for me to see everything. Anybody who is serious about learning first hand about the first world war should plan a full day to experience this wonderful tribute to the millions of men who lost their lives in this horrible conflict.

      March 16, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. nooney36

    I understand the desire to leave these men and ship at peace. It would be interesting to see though a uboat from this time period-especially since we do not have very many (if any around)...Its also amazing the amount of idiotcracy displayed here. Posters not knowing the difference btwn. WW1 and WW2 (especially since WW2 is called WW2 because itwas the second world war in the 20th century). Also posters not realizing the history of the Nazi's and who we fought and when. Do people not crack a history book or even watch the history channel at all. Come on people. get smarter.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    Sorry, my cat sat on the computer and for some reason I it wouldn't let me delete:)

    March 16, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. Nazi hater

    Geet dem Naazzisss!

    March 16, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • judge-mental

      Achtung, ich weiß wer Sie sind.

      March 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
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