U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-56

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
23 Oct 1939Kiel13 Nov 1939Kiel22 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Wilhelm Zahn

Oblt. Herwig Collmann
ObStrm / WO

Kurt Pressel

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-56

We have 20 daily positions for the 22 days U-56 was at sea.

Ships hit by U-56 during this patrol

General Events during this patrol


30 Oct 1939. Out of four U-boats vectored west of the Orkneys, U-56 located the British battleships HMS Nelson, Rodney and Hood operating with a screen of ten destroyers. Torpedo failure scotched chances of success from a favourable attack position.

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Attacks on U-56 during this patrol

We have no recorded attacks on U-56 duing this patrol.

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* These are officers that later became commanders themselves.

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