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Below left: The British Commando raid on St Nazaire in March 1942 led to heightened security in and around the port. Kriegsmarine ratings were rarely called upon to perform security duties, as U-boat crews were considered too highly trained to risk in skirmishes on land with commandos or resistance groups. 45 SPEARHEAD: 7TH U-BOAT FLOTILLA Right: The officers mess at La Baule in 1942. The flotilla's Chief Engineering Officer, Kptlt Claus Erhardt, can be seen on the left. Third from the left is Kvkpt Erich Topp of U-552.
In September the average was 54 tons, and by December it had fallen by half again, to only 26 tons. By December 1943 Donitz could still draw on over 160 operational U-boats (24 of these were attached to the 7th U-boat Flotilla), but these boats were failing to halt the flow of Allied shipping. Lacking decent aerial reconnaissance or radio intercept intelligence, the wolfpacks were unable to locate convoys. Even when they did, the increased number and efficiency of escorts and air cover made a sustained attack almost suicidal.
The blocked-in section with tiny windows was a special workshop bay with small heavily shuttered ventilation windows. The hump on the roof held an anti-aircraft gun. Right: Looking out from one of the pens in the U-boat bunker towards the bunkered lock. The original entrance, dominated by that huge white control tower, lies towards the right of the concrete. The lock inside the bunker is now used to house a French submarine museum. 34 IN ACTION pens in February 1941, and it was officially opened by D6nitz just four months later, on 30 June 1941.
7th U-Boat Flotilla. Donitz's Atlantic Wolves by Angus Konstam