German U Boats & the Battle of the Atlantic: Brest, Lorient, St Nazaire, La Rochelle & Bordeaux Pens
April 27-29 2018, £549 plus £45 per night single room supplement, limited places available.
During World War II, U-boat warfare was the major component of the Battle of the Atlantic, which lasted the duration of the war. Germany had the largest submarine fleet in World War II, since the Treaty of Versailles had limited the surface navy of Germany to six battleships (of less than 10,000 tons each), six cruisers, and 12 destroyers. Prime Minister Winston Churchill wrote “The only thing that really frightened me during the war was the U-boat peril.”
The U-boat bases in France were the home port of the most famous U-boat flottillas from 1940 to 1944 :
– Brest U-Boat base : 1st and 9th flottillas
– Lorient U-boat base : 2nd and 10th flottillas
– St-Nazaire U-boat base : 7th and 6th flottillas
– La Rochelle U-boat base : 3rd flottilla
– Bordeaux U-boat base : 12th flottilla (+ italian submarines)
On this trip we start the tour at Nantes airport before driving up to Brest then visit each site before flying out of Bordeaux airport late afternoon on Day Three.