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German submarine, WWI records

Identifier: MS-5

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The collection contains records of German submarines U-112 and U-53, as well as general rules, regulations and orders for submarines during World War I. SM U-112 [Her majesty's submarine 112] was ordered in 1916 and delivered to the German Navy in 1917. In 1918, it began its service but never saw any military action. The records for U-112 include telegrams, receipts and orders primarily from the Unterseeboot Abnahmekommission (U.A.K.) an agency, responsible for ensuring that a submarine was built to and performed to its specification. This was a lengthy process, contributing to the fact that U-112 did not participate in any war activities. U-53 was ordered from Germaniawerft, Kiel in 1914 and launched in 1916. The records for U-53 contain the Machinentagebuch [Engineer's Log] for February to May 1918. The collection also contains a typescript carbon translation of the first chapter of Albert Gayer's manuscript, "The German U-Boats in the War, 1914-1918" [Die Deutschen U-Boote in ihrer Kriegsfuehrung, 1914-1918]. Gayer was a German marine officer who retired in 1930.


  • 1917 - 1918


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Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.


.5 linear ft. (1 box)

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Additional Description


German submarines WWI. The collection consists of Engineer's Log of U-53 as well as regulations and orders for U-112, typescript of regulations governing submarine personnel and the typescript by A. Gayer on the German U-Boat in WWI, entitled, "The German U-Boat in the War, 1914-1918."

Part of the Rauner Library Archives and Manuscripts Repository

6065 Webster Hall
Hanover NH 03755 USA

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