The emergence of the submarine was a major development in naval warfare. German submarine - or U-Boat - attacks against Allied shipping in the Atlantic and in European waters posed a major threat to the Allied war effort.
This postcard shows the surrendered German U-Boat (submarine) U-118 ashore at Hastings, England, in April 1919.
The photograph emphasizes the cylindrical hull of the large, ocean-going, torpedo-armed U-118, its deck gun visible at centre. It also carried mines designed to be laid in the water, where they could sink Allied ships. U-118 had been under tow to a French port when the tow line parted and the U-Boat came adrift, eventually running ashore at Hastings where it drew large crowds.
George Metcalf Archival Collection