30 The Most Efficient Submarine of WWII

The Most Efficient Submarine of WWII

Posted on June 24, 2012 by team

This S-56 submarine stands on the Vladivostok embankment. It's a guard submarine decorated with the Order of the Red Banner, the Soviet diesel-electric one of the WWII time. Its captain became the hero of the Soviet Union.

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The submarine museum is divided into two parts - the historic and the exhibition ones.

The boat was made in Leningrad, in 1936, put into service in 1939, in 1941 it joined the Pacific Ocean Fleet.


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30 Responses to “The Most Efficient Submarine of WWII”

  1. Osip says:

    S-56 actually had a pitiful war record. But, since Soviet surface navy chose to sit in harbor during the war, she appears glorious by comparison. Many U.S. submarines individually sank more tonnage than the ENTIRE Soviet submarine fleet.

  2. guest says:

    Most efficient submarines? By who’s standards, the soviets own?

    By the way the “hero” Marinesco sank a german ship with refugees, and that got him an award with a cover story that it was a german “war pilot’s cruise ship”

    • CZenda says:

      IIRC, two such ships.

    • vorontsevich (f/k/a ayaa) says:

      According to the laws of at the time, it was a legitimate target. And before someone starts crying about German civilians, don’t forget about 15 million Soviet civilians.

      • andel says:

        But who started WWII in 1939?
        Germany, Slovakia[1.09.39] and USRR [17.09.39].

        • vorontsevich (f/k/a ayaa) says:

          What does who started the war, have to do with atrocities? Pls tell me, because I fail to see your point.

        • vorontsevich (f/k/a ayaa) says:

          In case you don’t know or (conveniently forgot) the UK, France and even Poland were approached by the USSR to form some sort of alliance against Hitlers Germany in the mid 1930’s. They were turned away, so Stalin did the next best thing. He formed an alliance with Hitler to buy the rebuilding Red Army time (history tells us that they didn’t have enough time).

          So the Poles decided their own fate. Polish pride and arrogance cost them the war, and then their country for the next half-century. Poles have no one to blame but themselves.

          • ace says:

            Oh yes. Soviets are still strongly represented here. With their own history – so different to the rest of the world version (considered as a plot). I wonder how many years it would take to mentaly cut off from soviet era , your Stalin, communism and all that crap.

            • vorontsevich (f/k/a ayaa) says:

              But wait, I forgot. Everybody who’s not from here knows our own history better than we ever could. Because whenever any piece of history is destroyed, an exact replica of it, or some sort of record of it, will magically appear in the archives of the free world (aka the West).


            • vorontsevich (f/k/a ayaa) says:

              IIRC, the rest of the world had no problem with the so-called “Soviet version” of history when it was depicted in the “Why we fight” film series. But as soon as it became clear that the USSR wouldn’t bow down and obey the orders of the west. Quickly renounced and branded as Soviet propaganda. How ironic.

    • guest2 says:

      They were all Nazis who raped and murdered civilians in the Soviet Union.

      • CZenda says:

        Oh yes. All toddlers, children, women and elderly aboard of Gustloff and Steuben were war criminals.

        • guest2 says:

          Also German soldiers who raped, tortured, and murdered women, children, toddlers, and the elderly on the Eastern front.

          • Tronicus says:

            The soviets did this too. Especially in Berlin. Just because the Nazis did it to your people, doesn’t mean your soldiers should have done it to theirs. It’s morally wrong.

    • Testicules says:

      you can never justify bad behavior with more bad behavior

      • vorontsevich (f/k/a ayaa) says:

        You can’t?!!! Well, who could have known?!

      • vorontsevich (f/k/a ayaa) says:

        This is ironic coming from a country which has apparently justified the deaths of over a million people in the middle east, just because some 3,000 Americans died due to a terrorist attack.

    • reed says:

      No clue about Steuben, but Gustloff was actually flying Kriegsmarine flag and was a legitimate target.

    • mookins says:

      And we strafed German troop columns that had refugees among them, same situation. Of course those ships were legitimate targets.

  3. jeebs says:

    What was it efficient in?

  4. Liptonius says:

    “Boats of this class were extremely successful and achieved more victories than any Soviet submarine. In all, they sank 82,770 gross registered tons of merchant shipping and seven warships, which accounts for about one-third of all tonnage sunk by Soviet submarines.”


    On the other hand, Dudley “Mush” Morton, the third-ranking American submarine skipper of WWII is credited with 100,400 tons of shipping destroyed.

  5. Rob says:

    And none of them come close to Otto Kretschmer. 273,043 tons.

  6. haha says:

    This design is suspiciously similar to a German design of the same era.


    • a German says:

      Because it is based upon the german IX-Class Submarine
      the design was considered satisfactory and the Soviet government bought it, with the condition Deschimag make the suggested improvements and assist with the building of several prototypes, which it did. The modifications resulted in a significant reworking of the project, redesignated E-2. Blueprints were received from Germany at the end of 1933 and on August 14, 1934, the design was officially approved for production, designated IX series. Construction of the first two prototypes commenced in December 1934 at the Baltic Shipyard (Baltiysky zavod) in Leningrad, using partially German equipment. In April 1935, the third prototype was laid down as well.

  7. Trident1USA says:

    No matter how you cut it. the Russians had a very
    hard row to hoe during the war. The atrocities and
    hardships they faced were some of the worst of the entire war. They unlike some nations did not fold under the onslaught of the Nazis, but regrouped and did their country proud. no matter what else they did what had to be done at the time.

  8. Yo Mumma says:

    Winners write history, losers are depicted as the reason history is being written and us citizens, irrelevant of side/belief are the one’s that are screwed over !

  9. Michael says:

    Looks a lot like the German Type 7 boats, again nothing new, just borrowed.

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