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U-48 TYPE VII-B

“IF ENOUGH U-BOATS WERE CONSTRUCTED AND DEPLOYED, THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO STRANGLE BRITAIN INTO SUBMISSION”

“THE MOST SUCCESSFUL SUBMARINE OF WORLD WAR II IN TERMS OF SHIPS AND TONNAGE SUNK WAS THE TYPE VII-B U-48, LAUNCHED ON 8 MARCH 1939”

U-48 TYPE VII-B

COMMISSIONED: 22 APRIL 1939

ORIGIN: NAZI GERMANY

LENGTH: 66.5M (218.2FT)

CREW: 44

RANGE: 6,500 NM SURFACED; 90 NM SUBMERGED

DISPLACEMENT: 753 TONS SURFACED

ENGINE: 2 X KRUPP GERMANIAWERFT DIESEL

ENGINES SURFACED; 2 X ALLEGMEINE ELEKTRICITATS-GESELLSCHAFT AG (AEG) ELECTRIC MOTORS SUBMERGED

PRIMARY WEAPONS: 4 X 53.3CM (21IN) AND 1 X 53.3CM STERN TORPEDO TUBES; 14

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