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Re: Life aboard a U-boat
Posted by: Ken Dunn ()
Date: August 28, 2020 01:30PM

Hi COYS1882,

Try watching the movie Das Boot for a start. That should generate some specific questions. It is just a movie but it is the most accurate movie about life on a U-boat you are likely to encounter.

It can't convey the smells (which the crew got somewhat used to) or the temperature in the boat under different conditions or what the food tasted like once it absorbed the diesel fuel smell or even what it was like to climb into your bunk after the other guy that also slept in it got out for weeks on end or what the wet, smelly sheets smelled like after a while etc. but it is a start.

There are very few alive today that experienced life in a U-boat so you have to use your imagination for some of it. Each man had his own experiences though but there were similarities too. You will need to read a lot of U-boat books to get a reasonable picture of what it was like. Most books touch on the living conditions but I don't know of one that dwells on it written by anyone that experienced it for himself over a long time. There is also a lot of misinformation out there. Let us know if you find a good one.


Ken Dunn

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