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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.
 

TYPE BUILDER LAUNCHED
I-A AG Weser (Bremen) 14 Feb 1936
     
COMMISSIONED FELDPOST Nr. SUNK
  6 April 1936 M10950   3 Aug 1940
     
SUNK BY LOCATION SUNK POSITION SUNK
Mine North of Terschelling 54º 00'N x 05º 00'E

             All Hands lost

Commanders of U-25 include:

LAST NAME FIRST NAME   FROM TO OTHER BOATS COMMENTS
GODT EBERHARD          
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  
von Friedeburg Hans-Georg          
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)

DATE NAME NATION TYPE GRT
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)

DATE NAME NATION TYPE GRT
13 June 1940 SCOTSTOUN
     ANTONIS
England Armed merchant
      cruiser
17,046 tons
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
Elmenhorst Hinrich Oblt zS Fedde Franz Obersteuermann
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
Lützler Wilhelm Bootsmannsmaat Mangermanns Alfred Mech Gfr
Metzenauer Adolf Masch Gfr Meyer Hans Georg Mtr Gfr
Müller Wolfgang Bootsmannsmaat Noll Johann Mech 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
Thiede Werner Mech Gfr Wasmuth Heinrich Bootsmann
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.