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40+ sunken German U-boats found off English coast

Hastings beach, German submarine, 15th April 1919

British archaeologists have found more than 40 German U-boats and three English submarines off the coast of England.

All of the sunken U-boats are relatively close to the coast, at depths of no more than 15 meters (about 50 feet). The diving archeologists will undoubtedly find the remains of sailors with the German Imperial Navy inside the wrecks. In the language of archeology, such finds are referred to as “disaster samples.” In any case, the divers will be searching for signs of the crewmembers that died inside the U-boats.

“We owe it to these people to tell their story,” says Dunkley. He works for English Heritage, a public body that is part of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Its primary mission is to secure Britain’s cultural heritage.

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Story: Frank Thadeusz, Spiegel Online | Photo: ALAMY

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