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VIIC Antartic patrols?

Discussion in 'Submarines and ASW Technology' started by papalou5x, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. papalou5x

    papalou5x Member

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    In Uboataces.com sales lit of it's VIIC DVD it extolls this type sub as an 'Artic Predator' and in it's online sub report says it served...in all oceans 'except the Antartic.'

    Two questions: One, if there had been cause would this craft had faired successfully under the frozen continent?

    Two, was there in fact any WWII activity that involved the Antartic, sub or otherwise?
     
  2. Adrian Wainer

    Adrian Wainer Dishonorably Discharged

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    The Antarctic is actually a land continent so it is not possible in a submarine to sail under it, in the same way a submarine can sail under the arctic Ice Pack. Furthermore, WW2 diesel electric submarines had very little submerged endurance, so they had a very serious necessity to find open water to surface before the crew's oxygen supply was exhausted and/or their batteries became discharged, if they had been taken under the pack ice for any reason. Presumably what those folks mean by the Arctic is far North open sea rather than pack ice. The U-boat fleet were hunters and merchant shipping would try to stay away from the pack ice, so I can't see a lot of utility for a U-boat to venture in to it. There was a German Weather station in Greenland, so there is a possibility that a U-boat might have been involved with that.

    Best and Warm Regards
    Adrian Wainer
     
  3. Erich

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    only weather type units-surface and cargo to supply these stealth weather beaters. one such weather cargo unit had to be rescued by the LW unit : FAGr 5 Ju 290 and was done so successfully
     
  4. Adrian Wainer

    Adrian Wainer Dishonorably Discharged

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    Yanks Clear Greenland of Nazis,1944/12/27 (1944)Energia Forum • View topic - Nazis on Ice

    Many thanks for info about the Ju 290

    Don't take any notice of the second video I posted on the Energia Site it is for fantasy writing purposes.

    Best and Warm Regards
    Adrian Wainer
     
  5. lwd

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    Actually the Antarctic is the area south of the Antarctic circle. Antarctica is the continent. Similarly the Arctic is the area north of the Arctic circle. Still not much of interest happening down their. Some weather info might be useful but more for the Pacific than the Atlantic or Europe.
     
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  6. Adrian Wainer

    Adrian Wainer Dishonorably Discharged

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    Well said, thanx for pointing out my crappy terminology.

    LOL Best and Warm Regards
    Adrian Wainer
     

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