Outgunned but Never Outfought
|Admiral Karl Doenitz kept the Kriegsmarine relevant until the final days of World War II.|
|U-156 is sunk by aerial depth charges from a US Navy PBY Catalina east of the island of Barbados, 8 May 1943. No survivors.|
However, despite its limitations, the Kriegsmarine punched far above its weight class.
|Boss of the German U-boat arm Karl Dönitz observing the arrival of U-94 at St. Nazaire in June 1941 (Buchheim, Lothar-Günther, Federal Archive Bild 101II-MW-3491-06).|
|Survivors of the sinking of the Bismarck being rescued by HMS Dorsetshire, 27 May 1941.|
|View of the port side of the German battleship Tirpitz at its heavily protected anchorage in Kaafjord, Northern Norway, 30 April 1944 (Federal Archive Bild 146-1980-096-60).|
|German heavy cruiser Scharnhorst during the successful 12 February 1942 Channel Dash (Federal Archive Bild 101II-MW-3695-21).|
|Scharnhorst opens fire on Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Glorious on 8 June 1940.|
|A Type XXI U-boat at sea.|
There was a reason why Hitler picked Admiral Doenitz as his successor. The Kriegsmarine was outgunned but did splendid work for its size, it was just too small to make a difference.
|HMS Glowworm making smoke in front of German cruiser Admiral Hipper, 8 April 1940.|