German submarine U-1105 'Black Panther'

The naval archaeology of a U-boat

German submarine U-1105 'Black Panther' cover

German submarine U-1105 'Black Panther'

The naval archaeology of a U-boat


Now in its final resting place at the bottom of the Potomac River in Maryland, the U-Boat U-1105 is unique among German World War II submarines.

Technologically innovative, it was the only U-Boat to conduct a wartime patrol while equipped with the snorkel, GHG Balkon passive sonar and a rubberized coating known as Alberich designed to reduce its acoustic signature and hide from Allied sonar. After the end of World War II, it was the subject of intense testing and evaluation by the Allies, before finally being sunk to the bottom of the Potomac River.

This highly illustrated book uses many new and previously unpublished images to tell the full story of this remarkable U-Boat, evaluating the effectiveness of its late war technologies, document its extensive postwar testing and detail all the features still present on the wreck site today.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr Innes McCartney

Chapter 1 Late-war Technical and Tactical Evolution
Chapter 2 Construction and Training
Chapter 3 First and Last Wartime Patrol
Chapter 4 Postwar Evaluation and Testing by the Royal Navy
Chapter 5 North Atlantic Transit to the USA
Chapter 6 Salvage Training and Depth Charge Testing in the Potomac River
Chapter 7 Forgotten but Never Lost
Chapter 8 Diving the U-1105 Today
Chapter 9 Archeology of a Late War U-boat

Appendix A Technical Specifications
Appendix B The Crew
Appendix C Chronological History of U-1105

Product details

Published 27 Jun 2019
Format Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Edition 1st
Extent 136
ISBN 9781472835802
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations More than 50 photographs and illustrations
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Aaron Stephan Hamilton

Aaron S. Hamilton is an academically trained histo…


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