How Did Submarine Warfare Change During World War 1 I OUT OF THE TRENCHES

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great war exciting special episode of out of the Trenches where I sit here and the chair of wisdom and answer your questions about the First World War Utley Rag Stud from Patreon says Hi-Indy did the German submarine war change during the war I heard that early in the war. The Germans boarded ships and scuttled them only if they carried goods headed for the enemy did the cue ships make them change This tactic okay um here’s a rough look at you boats during the war. The first U-boat patrols in history were already happening in the first month of the war, but the first real success was the sinking of theNK] Pathfinder and then a bunch more sinkings of armoured cruisers and the battleship formidable in September in October 1914. Now at this time surface ships had. no way to detect a submerged ship and no way to attack one in any case, but a U-boat torpedo could still sink a surface ship so right away.

They Were Really Feared But Those Early U-Boats

were nearly blind themselves underwater, and they were really slow and they had the surface. You know the periscope level to attack. So even though they had some early success against warships once warships, which were faster realized that if they traveled quickly and traveled in a zigzag pattern, a zigzag course, they were basically invulnerable to U-boats and they remained so for the rest of the war. The British blockade of Germany began just after the war broke out and in November. Britain declared the North Sea to be a war zone November 1914 and even included food transports as war contraband now Germany responded to this in February 1915 by declaring.

Britain And Ireland A War Zone

and said that any enemy ships in that zone any ships whatsoever would be destroyed and that even even neutral ships were at risk so unrestricted submarine warfare was on of course. This led to the sinking of the Lusitania and the Arabic. The passenger liners which out age neutral America because American citizens drowned and died and this eventually caused Germany to cease targeting passenger ships without warning and without saving the crew and the passengers first. By This time, My say August 1915 German subs were laying mines around Britain and even penetrated the English Channel that autumn the autumn of 1915 in the Mediterranean actually, Germany had a bunch of success with U-boats and sank as many as 44 ships in one month down there, though the sinking of the Ancona caused sinking without warning to be abandoned, but what to do to defend against U-boats well. Many merchant ships were of course advised to run, but also to try to ram the U-boat and many many were now armed and soon There were heavily armed merchant ships where the weapons were hidden to lure you boats to attack them and these were cue ships.

They Were Called Cue Ships Because Of

the port in Queenstown Ireland and they were actually pretty ineffective compared with things like mines in 1915, for example, a cue ship. So they did not make the Germans change any tactics at all convoys and escorts for the merchant ships were the best protection depth charges were introduced in 1916, but they took time to get going in January 1917. Germany reintroduced unrestricted submarine warfare. Admiral von Hötzendorf thought well. He figured his plan that if they sank 600,000 tons of British shipping a month.

They Could Knock Britain Out Of The

war in half a year and even if it meant bringing the U.s. into the war. The war would be over before the UK could really get going, but why now why January 1917 well they had considered it for a while, but the German land forces at that point or just before that had been stretched really thin and they were actually not so much worried about the U. s.

Joining The War They Were More Worried About

neutral. Holland or Denmark joining the war and just basically cruising to Berlin, but once Romania was defeated Spoiler Alert in December 1916. Then that was no longer an issue. The resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare was a huge success for a few months but by May the Allies had totally adopted a convoy system and they started destroying more and more and more. U-boats and Germany was facing labor and material shortages by then and it took a long time to build new U-boats.

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Airplanes Also Became A Big Part Of The

countermeasures. Now they were no good at attacking U-boats, but they forced the U-boats to submerge and hide or run the risk of the plane calling in warships In 1918 not a single ship in any convoy is courted by planes was sunk by a U-boat also by 1918 U-boat losses were so appalling that that was basically. Answer was that like a whole episode well, it could have been an hour longer look this stuff up um let’s see Neil Brock from Patreon says I see by your bio that you and I are around the same age based on your graduation date from college. Can you recall ever meeting any of the veterans of World War one nope none that I remember enough. I think I would and it’s a shame because I’d love to have actually heard some firsthand stories while there were still living veterans okay that’s all for today.

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Summary

The first U-boat patrols in history were already happening in the first month of the war . The first real success was the sinking of theNK] Pathfinder and then a bunch more sinkings of armoured cruisers and the battleship formidable in September in October 1914 . The Germans boarded ships and scuttled them only if they carried goods headed for the enemy did the cue ships make them change This tactic . Utley Rag Stud from U.S. says Hi-Indy did the German submarine war change during the war I heard that early in the war. Hi-i’m, Indy Neidell and this is another great war exciting special episode of out of the Trenches where I sit here and the chair of wisdom and answer your questions about the First World War . The UK blockade of Germany began just after the war broke out and in November 1914. Germany responded to the British blockade of the North Sea to be a war zone November 1914 and even included food transports as war contraband ….. Click here to read more and watch the full video