Thursday, 18 June 2015

Germany: Laboe Naval Memorial and U 995

On Monday I got five postcards: three from Germany, one from Russia and one from Japan.

One of the cards from Germany shows the Laboe Naval Memorial and the Submarine U 995. The Laboe Naval Memorial was built between 1929 and 1936 to commemorate the German marines killed in World War I. Later it was also used to remember the marines killed in World War II and since 1954 it commemorates all marines of all nations killed at sea. It also reminds of a peaceful sea travel. 
The Imperial German Navy was at the beginning of World War I the second strongest navy in the World, but due to the geopolitical location of the German naval bases it was rarely used in the war. The most important battle, in which the Imperial German Navy was involved, was the Battle of Jutland. Unlike the surface fleet the submarine fleet was often used in World War I with the unrestricted submarine warfare declared in 1915. In 1918 the Kiel Mutiny led to the end of World War I. The fleet was handed over to the Allies, but was sunk at Scapa Flow in 1919 by German crews. 
The Submarine U 995 was used by the German War Navy in World War II. In 1972 it was placed in Laboe after it served in the Royal Norwegian Navy. Today it houses a museum.

Felix the Rabbit (from set of two) (issued 02-03-2015)

Thank You very much Katja!

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