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. NONAME

    BOTH WWI AND WW2 WERE CAUSED BY GERMANY'S WISH TO CONTROL THE WORLD. BECAUSE OF THEIR IMPERIALISTIC TENDENCIES, THE GERMANS CHOSE TO INVADE OTHER COUNTRIES. EVEN MORE PEOPLE DIED IN WWI THAN WW2.
    THERE SHOULD BE NO MEMORIALS WHATSOEVER FOR THIS GERMAN SUBMARINE. TO DO SO, SENDS A DANGEROUS MESSAGE. IT SUGGESTS THAT THE GERMANS WERE NOT FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CARNAGE OF WWI...AND THEY ABSOLUTELY WERE RESPONSIBLE.

    March 16, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Humphry

    Wonder if there were monsters hiding in the u boat when they found it.

    March 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rcpr

    a memorial to soldiers who followed orders – yes.

    But it was German aggression that started WW1. Millions died then too. So we should place nice to the Germans now? It is their legacy that everyone raises. German vs. Nazi and WWI vs WWII, They are still criminal. Nazi's were just arrogant and evil and didn't care if you knew it. Or dared it! But arrogance comes in many colors. They were still Germans doing German deeds in both wars!

    But Germany started both wars and their honor will take generations to restore. Or I guess they could go stupid again...

    😉

    March 16, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Walla Walla

      German aggression didn't start the first world war. It was a series of alliances and an assassination, look it up sometime.

      March 16, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brian Katcher

    Germany as the enemy? This is about a German sub off the coast of neutral (during WWI) Holland. Neither were enemies of each other.

    March 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reality

      Yeah they were the enemy. It was about the time that the Germans took control of my Grandparents lumber industry and they were able to escape to America with what they could carry while the Germans killed off the rest of my relatives that remained. Glad that sub went down as far as I'm concerned. However, if Germany wants to send me a case of Oktoberfest, I will call it even.

      March 16, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Andrew Badera

    U-106 was a WWII u-boat, all WWI boats were 2-digit designations.

    March 16, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dennis

    U-106 was on her way home after her first patrol during which she sank 2 ships. On 7 October 1917, she stuck a mine and sank with 41 souls aboard. None of them had ever heard of nazis.

    Some of us Americans are not so historically ignorant as some others.

    March 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • phillyfan81

      i agree dennis. i'm not historical scholar but i do appriciate anything about history, whether it was "right or wrong"/"good vs evil". with this article, i dont look at the war itself but the technology that came at the beginning of the 1900s

      March 16, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • phillyfan81

      i agree dennis. im not historical scholar but i do appriciate anything about history, whether it was "right or wrong"/"good vs evil". with this article, i dont look at the war itself but the technology that came at the beginning of the 1900s

      March 16, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sauerkraut

    Hey Yankee! So are the Germans!!

    March 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dave

    As a former Submariner (and a jew), sinking in a submarine is NOT a good way to go. I guess it would depend on whether the sailors died right away or if the sub was disabled and they lived until the air ran out. And yes, there were plenty of jews in the Kaiser's armed forces. In fact, hitler's commanding officer (and the person who put him in for his medal was a jew). People don't realize that being jewish is a religion, not a nationality. I consider myself and american who happens to be jewish.

    March 16, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kasey Young

    Allow Them Soldiers Souls To Rest. Its Over And Complete. WW1 To Was A Physical War On Earth And A Spiritual War In Heaven Of Year 1914.

    March 16, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Walla Walla

    A U-boat from 1940 would be from WW2, not WWI. Nice work, fact-checkers. I'm pretty sure there weren't any German subs in WW1, on account of it being 1914.

    March 16, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      actually there were german subs in ww1 and they were called u-boats. Look up the Lusitania

      March 16, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aleseller1745

      OOOooo, a swing and a miss. Strike three, have a seat. The Germans had U-Boats in both wars. The British also had submarines in both World Wars.

      March 16, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John Lee

    This is very sad that many Americans really are ignorant. Nazi's did not exist until WW2 and yet some of us start opening mouths before doing a quick google search or open a book. Similar ignorant comments were said about General Vang Pao should be buried in Vietnam because he fought for the Vietnamese or how Alexandra Wallace ranted on about the Chinese due to the earthquake/tsunamis. shaking my head in disappointment

    March 16, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trevor A. Smith

      John, you make a good point, but your facts are wrong too. The Nazis existed many years before WWII, and a Google search for any real history topic will yield mostly garbage and misinformation.

      March 16, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Lee

      thanks for the correction. yes Nazis did exist many years before WW2 obviously, but I meant to say that this particular U-Boat is not of Nazi origin

      March 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. American

    Please don't group one idiot with all Americans. Every country has idiots.

    March 16, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Trevor A. Smith

    The Nazis existed long before 1933. The party was formed in the early 1920s. They were not around during WWI.

    March 16, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Shirley

    I am obsessed with history, especially World War One and Two. I would love to see this submarine and touch it just so I can experience what it was like to be alive 100 years ago.

    March 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kevin

    Nazi's were around before WWII & they are still around today. Now they just call themselves the Tea Party. Both financed by western corporations/bankers to bust up organized labor & call it patriotism.

    March 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
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