List of all U-boats

U-956

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered10 Apr 1941
Laid down20 Feb 1942 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 156)
Launched14 Nov 1942
Commissioned6 Jan 1943Obtlt. Hans-Dieter Mohs
Commanders
6 Jan 1943 - 13 May 1945  Kptlt. Hans-Dieter Mohs
Career
13 patrols
6 Jan 1943-30 Jun 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 Jul 1943-31 Dec 1943  1. Flottille (active service)
1 Jan 1944-30 Sep 1944  11. Flottille (active service)
1 Oct 1944-8 May 1945  13. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,190 tons
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 7,176 GRT
Fate

Surrendered on 13 May 1945 at Loch Eriboll, Scotland.

Transferred to Lisahally, Northern Ireland on 29 May 1945 for Operation Deadlight.

Operation Deadlight (post-war Allied operation, info)
Sunk by naval gunfire on 17 Dec, 1945 in position 55.50N, 10.05W.

Final location

Blue marker shows final fate during Operation Deadlight. Orange marker shows German surrender.

See the 2 ships hit by U-956 - View the 13 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-956 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Monsun (3 Oct 1943 - 3 Nov 1943)
   Isegrim (8 Jan 1944 - 17 Jan 1944)
   Werwolf (27 Jan 1944 - 1 Feb 1944)
   Blitz (24 Mar 1944 - 5 Apr 1944)
   Trutz (28 Jun 1944 - 10 Jul 1944)
   Dachs (1 Sep 1944 - 4 Sep 1944)
   Grimm (14 Sep 1944 - 2 Oct 1944)
   Panther (16 Oct 1944 - 10 Nov 1944)
   Stier (30 Dec 1944 - 8 Jan 1945)

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus and sailed equipped with it in March 1945 but it was of course installed prior to that date. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-956 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Skull and Bird

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


The Grey Wolves of Eriboll

David M. Hird


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


The Royal Navy and German Naval Disarmament, 1942-1947

Madsen, Chris