Captured German U-Boats in Portsmouth, New Hampshire – May 1945


Who knew that the US captured a series of German U-Boats during the tail end of WWII?  I had no idea until I picked up a rare collection of 24 photos that belonged to a member of the original prize crew for one of the U-Boats.  The photos are incredibly detailed with crisp focus and in a large 8X10 format.  They show the capturing of U-234 and the subsequent arrival in port in Portsmouth, NH.  Also pictured in the grouping (not all posted here) are Captain Fritz Steinhoff and Luftwaffe General Ulrich Kessler.  Steinhoff actually ended up committing suicide in a Boston jail with the aide of a broken glasses lens. A wartime news article about the suicide can be found here.  Ulrich Kessler was delivering a load of Uranium and a set of German jet planes to an undisclosed South American country when the captain decided to surrender.  An amazing collection for sure.

 

 

Ulrich Kessler

 

 

 

Captain Steinhoff

 

 

 

 

 

One thought on “Captured German U-Boats in Portsmouth, New Hampshire – May 1945

  1. Bonjour,
    J’ai le plaisir de vous annoncer la sortie, le 23 janvier 2013 de la Bande dessinée “Pacifique” de Romain Baudy et Martin Tristram, aux éditions Casterman.

    Hello,
    I have the pleasure to announce you the exit(release), on January 23rd, 2013 of the “Peaceful” Comic strip of Romain Baudy and Martin Tristram, in the publishing(editions) Casterman.

    Guten Tag,
    Ich habe das Vergnügen, Ihnen das Verlassen(Ausfuhr), am 23. Januar 2013 anzukündigen, des Comics “stillen Ozeans” von Römer Baudy und Martin Tristram, in der Ausgabe Casterman.

    http://www.amazon.fr/Pacifique-Baudy-Romain/dp/2203032715/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354533718&sr=8-1

    RÉSUMÉ DU LIVRE
    Seconde Guerre mondiale, quelque part dans le Pacifique… Udo Grötendick, un soldat novice – un ‘bleu ‘– rejoint en tant que radio sa nouvelle affectation à bord d’un U-Boot, l’un de ces sous-marins allemands qui font la réputation de la Kriegsmarine. Le capitaine du bâtiment, Kaleunt, est considéré comme un héros, pour le nombre impressionnant de missions victorieuses à son palmarès de combat. Dans le paquetage du nouveau venu, un apparemment subversif, dont l’équipage, qui ne demande qu’à bizuter le bleu, se débarrasse séance tenante.
    Pourtant, au fil des jours à bord, le livre va s’ingénier à réapparaître dans les endroits les plus inattendus, comme s’il était doué d’une vie propre…

    SUMMARY OF the BOOK
    Second World War, somewhere in the Pacific… Udo Grötendick, a soldier novice – a joined ‘ blue’ as radio its new affectation aboard U-Boot, one of these German subsailors who make the reputation of Kriegsmarine. The captain of the ship, Kaleunt, is considered as a hero, for the impressive number of victorious missions to its prize list of fight. In the package of the newcomer, an apparently subversive book, of which the equipage, which asks only to haze the blue, gets rid immediately.
    Nevertheless, in the course of days on board, the book is going to strive to reappear in the most unexpected places, as if it was endowed with an appropriate life…

    ZUSAMMENFASSUNG DES BUCHES
    Hilf Weltkrieg, irgendwo im stillen Ozean… Udo Grötendick, der Soldat Neuling – ein sich als Radio angeschlossenes ‘ Blau ‘ sein neues Verwendung an Bord U-Boot, einer dieser deutschen Unterseemänner, die den Ruf laKriegsmarine machen. Der Kapitän des Gebäudes, Kaleunt, ist als ein Held, für die siegreicher Missionen in ihrer Kampfsiegerliste beeindruckende Zahl betrachtet. Im Einpacken des Neuankömmlings, ein apparemmentsubversif Buch, das die Besatzung, die fragt nur, vom Blau zu bizuter, sofort loswird.
    Dennoch im Laufe der Tage an Bord, wird das Buch versuchen, in den am meisten unerwarteten Orten wieder zu erscheinen, als ob es zu einem sauberen Leben begabt war…

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