Type II-class Submarine
Ships in class: 50
The U-Boat Type II was the first class of U-Boats built in Germany after the Treaty of Versailles. They were designed using the
Finnish coastal submarine "Vesikko " (Mink) as the prototype. Being quite small boats, the so called "Einbäume" were limited by their small range and limited load of torpedoes, but were very maneuverable and had a fast diving speed. About 46 of these coastal submarines were build, at the outbreak of the war those boats were the backbone of the German U-Boat fleet. Since the first variants (IIA) were limited by their short endurance, later versions (IIB-IID) were lengthened to increase fuel load.