Talk:German submarine U-47 (1938)

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Bravery[edit]

Gunther Prien and his men are very brave to have attempted this raid. Fighterforfreedom 00:07, 18 January 2006 (UTC)

Please do not feed the trolls.


Please do not feed the trolls. Xyl 54 (talk) 14:14, 17 December 2007 (UTC)

How?[edit]

How did they manage to get past the patrols, and sunken ships in Scapa Flow? Then get back out? El benderson 17:10, 29 May 2006 (UTC)

Well, it wasn't easy. Xyl 54 11:58, 19 May 2007 (UTC)
PS try here for a full account. Xyl 54 12:18, 19 May 2007 (UTC)

Fate: discrepancy[edit]

The article states: To date, there is no record of what happened to the U-47 or her 45 crewmen, though a variety of possibilities exist, including mines, a mechanical failure, a victim of her own torpedoes or possibly a later attack that didn't confirm any kills - by the corvette team of HMS Camellia and HMS Arbutus.

This is contradicted by Dan van der Vat's Atlantic Campaign - Page 169 - US Edition ISBN 0060159677 Harper & Row, Publishers, saying clearly that U-47 was sunk near Iceland on May 8, 1947 by HMS Wolverine and HMS Verity Alex Feldstein 13:21, 27 August 2006 (UTC)


I'll reword the article to be clear there is no official record. Sherurcij (Speaker for the Dead) 13:38, 27 August 2006 (UTC)


Correct, Dan van der Vat's book reflects the commonly held view; however, more recent books, such as Kemp (U-boats Destroyed (1997)) and Neistle (German U-Boat Losses (1998)) suggest that the boat attacked by HMS Wolverine was U-A, not U-47, and that the cause of U-47's loss is unknown. Xyl 54 11:57, 19 May 2007 (UTC)

Removed[edit]

I replaced the information below with the table, but it still has convoy details for people who might want to write about U-47's operations, so I've moved it below

Warships[edit]

Confirmed kills by the U-47 included

Convoy Ships[edit]

Fair use rationale for Image:U47logo.gif[edit]

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Crew[edit]

I removed this section because Wikipedia is not a memorial and we do not list full casualty reports for other battles, engagements or conflicts. There is a discussion about this (ironically, on the Royal Oak talk page) Xyl 54 (talk) 14:09, 17 December 2007 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:U-47atScapaFlow.jpeg[edit]

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Fair use rationale for Image:U47logo.gif[edit]

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Fair use rationale for Image:CrewofU-47.jpg[edit]

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torpedo detonation[edit]

How do you detonate a torpedo that is missing its warhead? Rees11 (talk) 23:43, 11 April 2009 (UTC)

Gun specs[edit]

I think the 8.8cm gun should be converted as "8.8 cm (3.5 in) deck gun". Nobody would ever call this a "3.46 inch gun", they would call it a "three and a half inch gun". And I wouldn't convert the 2cm gun at all. You might call a 12.5mm a "fifty caliber" but a 2cm is always called a "20mm", not a "79 caliber". Kendall-K1 (talk) 11:13, 29 September 2015 (UTC)

The conversion should merely serves as an indicator for dimensions for users not familiar with one or the other unit of measurement. Anyone familiar with the metric system, however, knows that 2cm are 20mm, but German gun nomenclature was in centimetres at the time. Now, 3.5″ may be sufficiently precise for non-metrics, but per definition, mm is a metric unit, so it is no good. We may use cm as given in the sources, or mm, but either should be converted into inches - or rather fractions of inches. ÄDA - DÄP VA (talk) 15:43, 29 September 2015 (UTC)

Unreliable sources tag[edit]

The article contains a number of citations to the www.u47.org web site, which appears to be a fan page and non RS. I tagged the article accordingly. K.e.coffman (talk) 04:45, 6 October 2016 (UTC)

@K.e.coffman: We probably shouldn't let the tag languish forever. What do you propose to do? I looked it over and it's definitely a fan site. It seems well researched and I don't think he has an agenda. But there doesn't seem to be any editorial oversight. There is actually only one section of the article that is based heavily on u47.org, but it's an important one: Sinking of HMS Royal Oak. Re-writing (or re-sourcing) should be possible, but not trivial. What would you think of moving the tag down to that section? Kendall-K1 (talk) 17:30, 10 November 2016 (UTC)
@K.e.coffman/Kendall-K1: Couldn't you just use some of the references from HMS Royal Oak (08)#Sinking? That's an FA, so its sources should be good. howcheng {chat} 16:44, 12 October 2017 (UTC)