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Another survivor worth a visit is U-2540, a Type XXI at Bremerhaven. She was raised after the war, commissioned as the "Wilhelm Bauer" with a remodelled conning tower. After she was taken out of service she was put back as near as possible to wartime spec and became a museum ship. A lot of the interior machinery however, is still the more modern postwar stuff. There are also quite a few original artefacts onboard ( KM visor caps etc).

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The periscope. At the periscope in this shot is Horst Bredow , director of the U-Boot Archiv who was with us during our visit. There is a taped sound effects track playing on board to give visitors a feel for the sounds on board a U-Boat in action. Highly amusing to hear a real veteran U-Boat officer like Horst telling us what a lot of cack the effects were. Visitors ended up listening in to him and ignoring the sound effects.

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Nice thread, Gordon.

Here's a little more info on her war time record.

Laid down 28 Oct, 1944 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg

Commissioned 24 Feb, 1945

Commanders 24 Feb, 1945 - 4 May, 1945 Oblt. Rudolf Schultze

Career No patrols 24 Feb, 1945 - 4 May, 1945 31. Flottille (training)

Successes No ships sunk or damaged

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