|Ordered||10 Apr 1941|
|Laid down||20 Feb 1942||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 156)|
|Launched||14 Nov 1942|
|Commissioned||6 Jan 1943||Obtlt. Hans-Dieter Mohs|
|Successes||1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,190 tons|
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 7,176 GRT
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)
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)
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.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Skull and bird