- German submarine U-2323
April 11, 1944
May 31, 1944
July 18, 1944
Deutsche Werft, Hamburg
assigned unit=Assigned Unit
assigned unit=4th Flotilla
type=Type of Ship Sunk
total=Number of Ships Sunk
tonnage=Gross Registered Tonnage
Unterseeboot 2323 (usually abbreviated to U-2323) was probably the shortest lived German
U-boatduring the whole of the Second World War. Constructed at Hamburgduring the spring of 1944, she was a modern German Type XXIII submarine, completed on the 18 Julyand given to Kptlt. Walter Angermann to command. A fast high-technology coastal boat, "U-2323" was expected to be the new war-winning weapon in the Kriegsmarine's arsenal.
The seas around the German coastline were subject to very heavy allied attack during the final two years of the war, as the
Royal Air Forcesought to restrict German movement around their coasts by sowing thouasnds of air-dropped naval mines, thus delaying the production and training of new boats, disrupting coastal shipping and destroying several boats before they could become involved in the Second Battle of the Atlantic.
The "U-2323" was a victim of this campaign, when on the
26 July, at just eight days old, she was sunk off Moltenortat the entrance to Kielharbour on her maiden voyage. Two of her crew were killed in the blast, although the survivors managed to safely reach the shore. They were then transferred to other units. The holed boat was raised in the spring of 1945, but was still undergoing repairs in Kiel at the time of the German surrender. It was broken up in situ post-war.
* Sharpe, Peter, "U-Boat Fact File", Midland Publishing, Great Britain: 1998. ISBN 1-85780-072-9.
* [http://www.uboat.net/boats/u2323.htm U-boat.net webpage for "U-2323"]
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