German UBoat Surrendering to American Warship in World War 1

German Submarine Surrendering on SurfaceThis is a a photograph of the first German UBoat to be captured by a United States warship during World War 1.


On November 17, 1917 the USS Fanning was on convoy escort duty off the coast of Ireland when the German UBoat U-58 attempted to attack a merchant vessel in the convoy that the Fanning was protecting.

The UBoat had come close to the surface to line up its periscope before beginning its attack run, and at this moment the submarine was at its most vulnerable. The American warship spotted it and attacked. The submarine immediately submerged but was damaged by depth charges dropped by the American ship. Its diving diving planes were damaged and as a result the submarine could not remain submerged.

The Uboat was forced to surface a short distance away where it was again spotted by the Fanning. The Fanning fired on the German submarine with its guns and the Germans attempted to return fire with their lone surface gun. They were outmatched and outgunned, and so after a brief fight the submarine surrendered. Two German sailors were killed and the rest were taken on board the Fanning.

USS Fanning

The Fanning


Below are some closeups of the German submariners standing on the deck of their damaged Uboat. The submarine later was sunk.


UBoat Surrenders

Closeup of the Conning tower. The captain and first officer would likely have been standing here.


German Sailors on Deck - World War 1

German sailors on the low deck of the sinking Uboat. Note how close the waves are coming to their feet.

New Zealand Artillery Passing Through a Liberated Town in France During World War 1

Artillery Battery WW1A New Zealand artillery company passes through the newly liberated village of Bertincourt, in northern France on September 8, 1918 (exactly 97 years ago today).

The artillery piece is a BL 60 pounder gun, whose main role was counter battery fire, meaning that it was tasked with suppressing and destroying enemy artillery batteries.


The gun is being drawn by a large team of horses because it is so heavy. Some support troops are walking with the rest of the column. On the right there is a damaged building with the name of the town, testifying to the recent fighting.


Below are some magnifications and closeups of the picture, giving better detail of the cannon as well as the team of horses pulling it. Credit for the original picture goes to Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association :New Zealand official negatives, World War 1914-1918. Ref: 1/2-013580-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.


60 pounder gun

Closeup of the Horses Pulling the Artillery


Evacuation of Suvla Bay, Gallipoli Campaign

The Failure of the Gallipoli Campaign

Anzac Forces in the Gallipoli Campaign

Anzac Forces in the Gallipoli Campaign


This photograph shows the evacuation of allied forces from Suvla Bay during the Gallipoli campaign, following the allied failure to break the Ottoman Turk lines commanded Mustafa Kemal, the future revered leader of post war Turkey. The allies had carried out a series of amphibious landings in the Dardanelles with the goal of eventually marching on Constantinople and knocking the Ottomans out of the war. But the Ottomans, despite being economically and militarily backwards, and fighting the allies on multiple and distant fronts, were surprisingly resilient, especially when commanded by competent commanders. The allies failed to break through, and were contained near their beach heads. After months of stalemate and mounting casualties, the allies withdrew by sea.