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    Divers find U-Boats sunk by secret UK minefield






    NEWQUAY Divers have uncovered the wrecks of three Second World War German submarines off the British coast, shedding light on a British operation that has remained secret for more than 60 years.

    Historians were amazed at the discovery of the severely damaged U-boats, which are lying close to each other seven miles off Newquay, Cornwall, because none had ever been recorded as being lost there. After extensive research it was found that they had been sunk in a secret minefield laid after the British intercepted a radio message from a U-boat commander.

    His boat had sunk a British destroyer after discovering a gap in the Irish Sea minefield that allowed supply ships in to Cardiff and Bristol. He radioed the news to Germany but his message was deciphered by British Intelligence. The British then laid deep mines to allow ships through but trap U-boats. Historians were unaware of the minefield until recently, when the relevant documents were declassified.

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    Now Off To Norway
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    This image made available Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006 by the Norwegian Coastal Administration, shows part of the wreck of the WWII German submarine U-864 in waters off Norway's coast. The submarine U-864 was torpedoed and sunk by the British submarine Venturer off western Norway on Feb. 9, 1945.




    This image made available Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006 by the Norwegian Coastal Administration, shows a canister raised from the wreck of the WWII German submarine U-864 in waters off Norway's coast. The submarine U-864 was torpedoed and sunk by the British submarine Venturer off western Norway on Feb. 9, 1945. Its wreckage, found by the Royal Norwegian Navy in March 2003, is believed to have 65 tons (about 70 U.S. tons) of mercury aboard. Studies revealed high levels of mercury around the wreck, which lies in 150 meters (500 feet) of water four kilometers (2.5 miles) off the western Norway island of Fedje. In a report Tuesday, the Norwegian coastal administration recommended encasing the submarine in special sand, with a reinforced upper layer to prevent corrosion

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    Re: Divers find U-Boats sunk by secret UK minefield

    Quote Originally Posted by Explorer  View Original Post




    NEWQUAY Divers have uncovered the wrecks of three Second World War German submarines off the British coast, shedding light on a British operation that has remained secret for more than 60 years.
    .........

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article...515016,00.html
    I was at the dive show In Birmingham a few months ago and heard Innes McCartney give a talk on something that sounded very like this. It seems there will be a documentary on this on UK channel ITV1 early in new year.

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