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U-boat Archive Museum Altenbruch
In AltenBruch, there is a small privately owned U-boat Archive Museum with a uniform of Admiral Dönitz on display. Unfortunately, we came here to find the place closed, the owner of the museum was not at home. Next time we’ll make an appointment before heading here. Be advised.. The bakery on the corner of the town square has delicious fresh cakes daily. We highly recommend it!
U-boat ‘Wilhelm Bauer’ Type XXI, U-2540
In Bremerhaven we visited the U-boat Wilhelm Bauer (U-2540), Type XXI. This U-boat is much larger compared to type VIIC from Laboe and we recommend taking a look. It is said to be the last floating example of this type of submarine.
Construction of the U-boat began in October 1944. Launched at 13 January 1945 and was commissioned on 24 February 1945. She was stationed for training with the 31st U-boat Flotilla. Send to the front thereafter but fuel shortages relocated the Submarine to Swinemünde before being scuttled on 4 may 1945, only 4 months after being launched.
After 12 years on the bottom of the sea the Type XXI U-boat was raised and overhauled. She was commissioned as a research boat in the Bundesmarine (the German Marine) until 1968. She got the Name “Wilhelm Bauer” during this re-launch. In 1970 she entered service again with a civilian crew for testing technical innovation for the U-boat 206 class. After a collision with a German destroyer she was taken out of commission in 1980 and leased from service in 1982.
U-2540 was sold to the museum were it is today. The museum restored the u-boat to its original WWII state and from 1984 on it is open for public.
Besides the U-boat in the harbor there is a Maritime Museum nearby. It is forbidden to take pictures there and that was made quite clear to Pascal (pretending not to understand German did not work this time). But they have a small U-boat Type XXVII B “Seehund”, so here are the pictures made by Patrick 😉
A later model of this small U-boat, the S622 , is on display at Musée National de la Marine in Brest, France (outdoor site).
Sd.Kfz 7 predecessor
Surprise! The predecessor of the Sd.Kfz 7 (half-track) is also in the museum, used as a lifeguard vehicle before the war. Other then that, there isn’t much WWII related stuff in the museum.