uboat war

“SELLING THE FIRST BOND IN THE “U-BUY-A-BOND”
Mildred Sawyer selling first Liberty Bond to A.M. Davidson, inside of “U-BUY-A-BOND”, a submarine captured from the Germans, rechristened and used to stimulate bond buying.”
Oct. 25, 1917

File Unit: Liberty Bonds - Personnel - Solicitations - General, 1917 - 1918Series: American Unofficial Collection of World War I Photographs, 1917 - 1918Record Group 165: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs, 1860 - 1952


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UB-110 was a Type III U-boat. It was sank on July 19th 1918, was probably the last u-boat sank during world war one. Twenty three of her thirty one crew died during her destruction. On October 4th 1918 she was raised from her watery grave and sold for scrap metal. 

These pictures were taken just prior to her being broken up for scrap. They show the cramped conditions on board that the crew had endured. 

“RUTHLESS WARFARE AT SEA…”

Untitled, 2/1/1917
Series: Berryman Political Cartoon Collection, 1896 - 1949
Record Group 46: Records of the U.S. Senate, 1789 - 2015 

This untitled illustration by cartoonist Clifford Berryman, which appeared in the Washington Evening Star on February 1, 1917, shows Uncle Sam reading the notice from Germany that it will no longer honor its previous agreement not to attack ships without notice. This crisis was yet another factor leading the United States to reconsider its neutral stance during World War I. 

ARRIVAL OF U-505, CAPTURED GERMAN SUB Chicago, 06/26/1954

Moving Images Relating to Military Activities, ca. 1947 - 1980. General Records of the Department of the Navy, 1941 - 2004

On June 4, 1944, the U.S. Navy’s Task Group 22.3, a “Hunter-Killer” group, commanded by Captain Daniel V. Gallery captured the German submarine U-505. This was the first time the U.S. Navy had captured an enemy combat vessel at sea since the 19th century, although the incident was kept top secret at the time for the sake of military intelligence. This clip shows the submarine in 1954 being towed into Chicago, where today it is part of the Museum of Science and Industry. (See the complete film of U-505’s arrival in Chicago in our online catalog.)