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Mast Markings of the S-Boats in the Reichsmarine


The way of marking boats with angles and corsses in the masts was continued after renaming of Reichsmarine into Kriegsmarine.

Which point of view were followed in awarding the markings and in changing them is not known. The boats that were taken over from Reichsmarine to Kriegsmarine were in the beginning marked as follows:

Boat Marking
S 1 To angles opening downwards
S 2 Angles opening upwards
S 3 Two angles opening upwards
S 4 Diagonal cross; but also angle opening upwards
S 5 Diagonal cross
S 6 Angle opening downwards
S 7 Unknown
S 8 Angle opening downwards
S 9 Diagonal cross; but also angle opening downwards
S 10 Angle opening upwards; but also withou marking
S 11 Two diagonal crosses; but also two angles opening upwards
S 12 Angel opening downwards
S 13 Two angles opening downwards
S 14  Diagonal cross; but also two angles opening upwards
S 15 Two diagonal crosses
S 16 - S 17 Unknown
S 18 Two diagonal crosses
S 19 - S 26 Unknownt

1. Schnellbootshalbflottille at Kiel - Picture: Archives Förderverein

"S 1" entereing Travemünde - Picture: Archives Förderverein

"S 2" leaving Kolberg - Picture: Archives P. Jancke

"S 4" leaving Kieler Förde - Picture: Archives Förderverein

"S 5" a Sea - Picture: Archives Förderverein

"S 5" in a magazine as advertizement for Hans Still-Motorenfabrik

"S 9" at Travemünde" - Picture: Archives Förderverein

S-Boote at Lürssen-Shipyard - Pictureo: Archives Förderverein

"S 9" and "S 11" - Picture: Archives Förderverein

"S 9", "S 10" and "S 11" (behind them "S 13", "S 14", "S 15" and "S 12")  - Picture: Archives Förderverein

"S 12" and "S 13" - Picture: Archives Förderverein

"S 14" - Picture: PK-Photo

"S 14" in the Baltic - Picture: Archives Förderverein

"S 14" and "S 15" at Worms - Picture: Archives Förderverein

"S 18" - Picture: PK-Picture

S-Boaots in the Shipyard of Lürssen - Picture: Archives Lürssen