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<p>NMUSN:&nbsp; &nbsp;WWII:&nbsp; Battle of the Atlantic:&nbsp; U-Boat Surrender Lead</p>

Surrender of German U-boats

Surrender of German U-boats in the Atlantic

Following Germany's unconditional surrender, signed at Allied headquarters at Riems, France, on May 7, 1945, conflict ended in Europe for World War II.  The effective date of surrender was May 8 and 156 U-boats surrendered to Allied forces in the following weeks.   Operation Deadlight was an operation where Allied forces scuttled 116 of these boats following the war.   This section houses imagery of some of the surrendered German submarines.  

Image:  80-G-700486:  U.S. Marines search members of German U-boat, U-858, 50 miles off Cape May, New Jersey, as the submarine is turned over to representatives of Rear Admiral Milo F. Braemel, Commandant of the Fourth Naval District, by units of the Atlantic Fleet to whom she surrendered.   Photograph released May 10, 1945.   U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.