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Sunken WWI U-Boats a Bonanza For Historians 161

Posted by samzenpus
from the dive-dive-dive dept.
schwit1 writes "Archaeologists have found the rusting remains of 44 submarines off the United Kingdom's coast, an oceanic graveyard made up mostly of vessels from the German Imperial Navy dating to World War I. Der Spiegel reports a quartet of divers are now at work probing the massive trove of 41 German U-boats, and a trio of English submarines, found at depths of up to 50 feet, off England's southern and eastern coasts. 'We owe it to these people to tell their story.' says archaeologist Mark Dunkley."
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Sunken WWI U-Boats a Bonanza For Historians

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  • "Race against time" (Score:5, Interesting)

    by AK Marc (707885) on Sunday July 21, 2013 @08:01PM (#44346115)
    I love how they call it a "race against time". 100 hundred years underwater, and it's in bad shape, but some small amount of extra time, and all will be lost.
  • by couchslug (175151) on Sunday July 21, 2013 @09:02PM (#44346411)

    Surviving submarine commanders, and Admiral Doenitz who commanded them, wrote memoirs.

    There are plenty of first-hand accounts of submarine warfare from participants. They are in dead-tree media but still available.

    Also very interesting are accounts of commerce raiders and Q-ships in both wars.

  • by perpenso (1613749) on Sunday July 21, 2013 @10:41PM (#44346837)

    "Archaeologists"...!? I am Greek living in Greece and i feel insulted - and i am sure some very old people who were born during WW1 and are still alive are feeling the same as me.

    Perhaps a person trained to dig through ancients ruins and reconstruct history is also the best qualified person to dig through modern ruins and reconstruct history. Perhaps archeological techniques and best practices developed over the centuries at ancient historical sites can be applied to modern historical sites as well. Are archaeologists somehow unfit to work at a modern historical site merely because that is not their traditional use?

  • Re: A few more (Score:5, Interesting)

    by cold fjord (826450) on Sunday July 21, 2013 @11:39PM (#44347155)

    World War One not only set the stage for World War Two, but it resulted in issues that plague us to this very day. The first world war ultimately lead to the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, and the Islamic Caliphate government in 1923. One of the key goals of Islamist extremists, in particular al Qaida as they are fighting today, is to reestablish the Caliphate, and from there rebuild an Islamic empire. By similar token, the Ottoman Empire was carved up in such a fashion that there will likely be no end of conflict in the Middle East for the foreseeable future.

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