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U-25 in pre-war trim
This was one of only two Type I-A boats built; unpopular with their crews due to their bad handling characteristics.
|I-A||AG Weser (Bremen)||14 Feb 1936|
|6 April 1936||M10950||3 Aug 1940|
|SUNK BY||LOCATION SUNK||POSITION SUNK|
|Mine||North of Terschelling||54º 00'N x 05º 00'E|
Commanders of U-25 include:
|LAST NAME||FIRST NAME||FROM||TO||OTHER BOATS||COMMENTS|
|Michel||1 Sep1939||U-8 and U-54|
|Schütze||Victor||1 Sep 1939||May 1940||U-14, U-11 and U-103|
|von Schmidt||Werner||U-15, U-40 and U-116|
|Lott||Werner||U-32 and U-35|
|Beduhn||Heinz||6 May 1940||3 Aug 1940||U-16 and U-23||KIA aboard U-25|
|EBERHARD GODT||Victor Schütze|
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U-25 saw action during the Spanish Civil War but not much is recorded about that time.
With the outbreak of World War II, U-25 was attached to the 1st U-Bootflottille and later to the 2nd U-Bootflottille. She operated in the North Atlantic - over October and November of 1939 she operated in the Bay of Biscay; over January and February of 1940 she patrolled off the Spanish and Portuguese coasts; then off Norway in April 1940.
U-25 took on fuel from the tanker THALIA in Cadiz, Spain then began operations west of Gibraltar in February 1940.
SHIPS SUNK BY U-25 (Schütze commanding)
|31 Oct 1939||BEOULE||France||Freighter||5,874 tons|
|17 Jan 1940||POIZELLA||England||Freighter||4,751 tons|
|17 Jan 1940||ENID||Norway||Freighter||1,140 tons|
|18 Jan 1940||PAJALA (photo below)||Sweden||Freighter||6,873 tons|
|22 Jan 1940||SONGA||Norway||Freighter||2,589 tons|
|3 Feb 1940||ARMINISTAN||England||Freighter||6,805 tons|
|13 Feb 1940||CHASTINE MAERSK||Denmark||Tanker||5,177 tons|
On 11 April 1940, Schütze claimed he damaged two Royal Navy destroyers - no confirmation.
SHIPS SUNK BY U-25 (Beduhn commanding)
|13 June 1940||SCOTSTOUN
|19 June 1940||unknown *||England||Tanker||8,000 tons|
* U-25 fired at this tanker,
surfaced and watched the torpedo hit and detonate. The ship following the
tanker rammed U-25 which took Beduhn's attention away from the
tanker but he saw the tanker stopped dead in the water. When he was able
to look again for this target nearly an hour later it was gone, so he assumed a
sinking. No confirmation.
On 21 June 1940, U-25 damaged the 10,000 ton French tanker ARAGAS.
The 16 October 1939 issue of LIFE Magazine featured a cover photo of U-25 taken through an open porthole of a ship that U-25 stopped. With the U-Boat alongside, the ship's papers were checked and after finding no contraband, she was allowed to proceed unharmed.
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Men lost on U-25
|LAST NAME||FIRST NAME||RANK||LAST NAME||FIRST NAME||RANK|
|Ahlers||Günter||Strm Mt||Albrecht||Edmund||Mtr Gfr|
|Arendt||Alfred||Mtr Gfr||Bartel||Johannes||Ktr Gfr|
|Bauer||Heinrich||Funk Ob Gfr||Beduhn||Heinz||Korvettenkapitän|
|Behlau||Fritz||Masch Mt||Bielig||Karl||Mtr Gfr|
|Braun||Heinz||Funk Gfr||Brodowolf||Eduard||Masch Gfr|
|Damaschke||Rudi||Mtr Gfr||Deckinger||Helmut||Masch Ob Gfr|
|Diener||Otto||Masch Ob Gfr||Eisenecker||Jakob||Masch Mt|
|Feutner||Michael||Masch Mt||Friedrich||Georg||Mtr Gfr|
|Fritsche||Heinrich||Kplt ING||Gerber||Adam||Masch Gfr|
|Gruber||Ernst||Mtr Ob Gfr||Jürgens||Ernst||Ob Masch|
|Kessler||Theodor||Funk maat||Köhler||Walter||Masch Gfr|
|Kohlenberg||Alfred||Masch Ob Gfr||Kramer||Walter||Masch Ob Mt|
|Metzenauer||Adolf||Masch Gfr||Meyer||Hans Georg||Mtr Gfr|
|Norwig||Werner||Mech Mt||Nothhelfer||Mathias||Ober Btsmn|
|Pinkwart||Albert||Ober Masch||Redlich||Walter||Masch Gfr|
|Röhlecke||Kurt||Ober Masch Mt||Schäffer||Valentin||Masch HGfr|
|Schmid||Maximillian||Masch Mt||Schulz||Werner||Mtr Gfr|
|Seidel||Kurt||Mtr Gfr||Seip||Wilhelm||Masch Ob Gfr|
|Spätler||Werner||Lt zS||Spiwoks||Wilhelm||Funk Maat|
|Splettstößer||Hans||Ober Masch Mt||Staffel||Matthias||Masch Mt|
|Weber||Helmut||Masch Gfr||Wiebusch||Friederich||Masch Gfr|
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Many thanks to our friend and Sharkhunters Member since 1987 GEORG HÖGEL for all the conning tower emblems used in our monthly KTB Magazine and also here on the pages of our website. GEORG was radioman aboard U-30, the first boat into combat, the first to sink a ship (the liner ATHENIA) and the first into an occupied French port. When that Skipper (Lemp) took command of U-110, GEORG was one of the former crew to transfer to the new boat under Lemp. After the war, he was Professor of Art at a major German university.