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German U-boat Wreck: Belgium WWI Find Is Well Preserved

German U-boat Wreck: Belgium WWI Find Is Well Preserved

Sailors abandon a U-boat. (Wikimedia Commons)

By    |   Tuesday, 19 September 2017 02:07 PM

A German U-boat wreck that sank off the Belgium coast during World War I has been found in the North Sea with possibly 23 bodies on board.

Belgium officials said the type UB-II submarine is in good condition in about 100 feet of water, the BBC reported. The sub is believed to have been sunk by a mine.

"The submarine is in such good condition that we reckon all the bodies are still on board," Carl Decaluwé, governor of the Belgium province of West Flanders, said, according to BBC News.

Decaluwé told reporters Tuesday the exact location of the wreck is being kept a secret to prevent the curious from going the site and it possibly being looted or damage.

It is not clear which of the known 11 wrecks of German submarines has been found, but "Of the 11 downed U-boats in Belgian waters, this one is the best preserved example," the province said, Reuters reported.

The North Seas minister of Belgium told Reuters he would try to get the area designated as a heritage site.

According to The Sun, 93 German U-boats stationed in Belgian ports downed more than 2,500 ships but 70 of them ended up lost at sea, killing 1,200 sailors. Using the submarines to disrupt British trade routes in the English Channel and the North Sea were a key tactics for the German military during World War I.

The typical German U-boat in World War I, which was more sophisticated than those of other countries, was 214 feet long, carried up to 35 men and 12 torpedoes, and could travel underwater for two hours at a time, History.com stated.

Some 16 million soldiers and civilians died during World War I, which lasted from 1914 to 1918. The Allied powers of Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy, Romania, Japan and the United States eventually defeated the Central powers of Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire.

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