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U-Boot Type XXI in Detail

Part 8

n Text by Frank Spahr
n Photos by Frank Spahr

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A peek towards rudder engine with emergency manual steering wheel dominating the view.


Close-up of the rudder actuator.


View from astern on the electrical engine room bulkhead. The aft compartment houses also a toilet, an airlock for Kampfschwimmer (German Navy SEAL´s) and the countermeasures system. Whereas the lock is a post-war addition, the Pillenwerfer (Pill thrower) was already used in the war. 




Decoy ejection system (Pillenwerfer). The system, introduced with the Type XXI and used in an almost unchanged state since, shoots cans filled with a substance that produces air bubbles that disturb enemy detection systems. Later on, the system became known as the Bold, short for Lügenbold (something like "lying little urchin")




My best attempt at photographing the stern toilet. Elcosed toilet cabins were another "luxury" in which the Type XXI excelled over earlier German submarines.


The UPM – Unidentified Piece of Machinery ;-)



View from astern, railing for exit visible


Fresh air again.


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