The Most Efficient Submarine of WWII

The Most Efficient Submarine of WWII

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.

The Most Efficient Submarine of WWII

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

The Most Efficient Submarine of WWII

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

The Most Efficient Submarine of WWII

The submarine crossed two oceans and nine seas. It took 2220 hours, the length of the trip was almost 31 thousand km).

The Most Efficient Submarine of WWII

During the war time the submarine performed 8 military campaigns, 13 attacks, it sank 4 ships, more than 3 thousand of depth bombs were dropped on the submarine.

The Most Efficient Submarine of WWII

During the war it was announced fallen for 19 times.

The Most Efficient Submarine of WWII

S-56 was the most efficient Soviet submarine of WWII.

The Most Efficient Submarine of WWII

The Most Efficient Submarine of WWII

The Most Efficient Submarine of WWII

To the central post through the hole

The Most Efficient Submarine of WWII

And here we are, in the central post. The place from where the submarine is controlled and from where orders are delivered.

The Most Efficient Submarine of WWII

Periscope

The Most Efficient Submarine of WWII

The Most Efficient Submarine of WWII

Captains’ cabin

The Most Efficient Submarine of WWII

To the torpedo room

The Most Efficient Submarine of WWII

The Most Efficient Submarine of WWII

Sailors stood right near the torpedoes

The Most Efficient Submarine of WWII

S-56 was the newest submarine with powerful torpedo and artillery armament.

The Most Efficient Submarine of WWII

The Most Efficient Submarine of WWII

This is how it looked during the war and how it still looks today.

The Most Efficient Submarine of WWII

There were 17 “S”- type ships (“Stalinets”), they were subsequently admitted to be the most efficient submarines of WWII.

Location:Vladivostok

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30 thoughts on “The Most Efficient Submarine of WWII”

  1. 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. 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”

    • 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.

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

        • 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.

          • 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.

            • 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).

              LMAO.

            • 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.

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

          • 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.

      • 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.

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

  3. “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.”

    http://en.rian.ru/world/20090609/155207259.html

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

    • Because it is based upon the german IX-Class Submarine
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_S_class_submarine
      Quote:
      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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 !

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