The remarkable story behind the capture of the German submarine U-505

How did the Americans seize one of Hitler's most powerful U-boats?

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10/07/24 | StarsInsider

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On June 4, 1944, US naval forces captured intact a German submarine: U-505. It was the first enemy warship seized on the high seas by the US Navy since the War of 1812. It was a remarkable coup, not least because the vessel in question, a Type IXC, was one of the Nazi regime's most powerful and sophisticated U-boats. Its top-secret capture was kept from the public until after the war ended, when another chapter in this remarkable story began.

So, how exactly did the Americans put one over Hitler, and what happened next? Click through and relive one of the most incredible episodes of the Second World War.

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