WWII German U-Boats
By: Nick Cowie
How did the German U-boats strategy lead to success?
The German U-Boats strategy lead to success because of their unpredictable locations, composition, and their way of using the wolf pack strategy. The U-boats were very deadly to vessels across the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. What made them deadly was their unpredictable locations under the water. You could be right above twenty U-boats and have no way of knowing. Also, none of the ships could find a way to destroy the submarines.
German U-boat in action 1941
The submarines were also deadly because of their composition. The Germans designed them with guns, mines, and torpedoes. These weapons made it easier to destroy ships on the oceans
The wolf pack strategy was when the submarines would travel in groups and were able to destroy boats easier. This helped them lead to success because they could destroy the main portion of ships on the ocean.
Not only did the U-boats destroy military boats along the top of the ocean but they would also destroy merchant ships going from one country to another to deliver goods.
The first German U-boats were unleashed on January 31, 1917. On this mission the submarines destroy the British convoy called the Lusitania. These U-boat were then used in WWII and they were able to destroy 7 vessels within 14 day on the ocean. The submarines were able to travel for long periods of time so they could destroy more ships to help throughout the war.
The German U-Boats wolf pack strategy lead to success because they were able to trap convoys and destroy them in large groups.