JWLaRue wrote:Those are four of the Type VIIB U-boats during the pre-war period. It was common practice to paint the boat number in large numerals on the sides of the conning tower. Also note the cast (and painted) German eagle on the upper forward edge of the tower as well.
These boats show the original or "as-built" form of the conning tower for the VIIB series of boats.
Note the net cutters on the bow as well. Shortly after the outbreak of hostilities, these were removed....along with the removal of the painted tower numbers (and eagles).
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