Which Real-Life Victorian Sub Inspired Jules Verne's Nautilus? Le Plongeur ("the diver"), invented by Captain Simeon Bourgeois and launched in 1863, it was the first submarine to be powered by mechanical means: a compressed-air engine operating a reciprocating engine. It was also the largest submarine built up until that time. At 140 feet,
1944 photo provided by the U.S. Navy, shows crewmen of German submarine U-550 abandoning ship in the Atlantic Ocean after being depth charged by the USS Joyce, a destroyer in an Allied convoy that the U-Boat attacked.
U-534 was heading north towards Norway, when it was attacked by a Liberator aircraft from RAF 547 Squadron which dropped depth charges. U-534 took heavy damage and began to sink by the stern. Amazingly forty-nine of the fifty-two crew members survived, including four who escaped via a torpedo hatch. The …
Exposure of the myth of the "unknowing Speer." The myth found its echo on the lips of the German populace of the WWII era, which tried to hide its do-nothingness in the face of the Holocaust by the false claim 'Ordinary Germans knew nothing about the Holocaust.'