Nazi Germany’s U-boats once patrolled the oceans. However, today, almost a century later, many of these submarines are at the bottom the Black Sea.
It wasn’t easy to reach the Black Sea from Germany, which is nearly 1,000 miles away.
During Hitler’s war against Soviet Russia, Turkey had denied Germany’s request to open the Dardanelles and Istanbul Straits for Germany to transport the six submarines into the Black Sea to attack Soviet Russia.
In order to seek victory, Germany instead painstakingly brought them to Romania’s port by land and river channels.
Thanks to the U-boats, Germany successfully sunk 20 Soviet ships in the Black Sea, but eventually half the fleet and the submarines’ home port were destroyed in battle. Nazi commanders ordered submarines to sink in order to stop the technology and weapons of war from getting into the hands of the enemy.
According to professional divers who visited the site to see the remains, the sunken U20 and the U23 submarines are now homes for marine life, alga and sea shells.