U-boats reeked also of tension and the scent of naked fear – with good reason. As devastatingly effective as the subs were early in the war, they were scarce in number, and they faced the world’s most powerful sea force in the British Royal Navy. Ultimately, the majority of German submariners who served in the 1939–1945 Battle of the Atlantic would find themselves drifting in a crippled vessel to the ocean bottom, driven to near panic by exploding Allied depth charges and popping hull rivets until water pressure cracked open or crushed their vessel.
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