70th anniversary of Foyle U-boat surrender

One of the u-boats surfacing on the River Foyle during the surrender.
One of the u-boats surfacing on the River Foyle during the surrender.
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Final preparations were last night being put in place to mark the 70th anniversary of the German U-boats surrendering on the River Foyle.

A series of events are planned for tomorrow (Saturday) to mark the landmark anniversary.

Surrender of 8 German U-boats at Derry. Admiral Horton and Sir Basil Brooke, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland at the time, examine the captured subs on 14 May 1945.

Surrender of 8 German U-boats at Derry. Admiral Horton and Sir Basil Brooke, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland at the time, examine the captured subs on 14 May 1945.

The surfacing of the U-boats in Derry brought to an end the most prolonged naval campaign ever waged.

The Battle of the Atlantic was instrumental in bringing to a close the devastating conflict of the Second World War.

On May 14th 1945 the first of the German U-boats made their way up the Foyle to the port of Lisahally, where they were formally ordered to surrender by Admiral Sir Max Horton, Commander-in-Chief (CinC), Western Approaches. The surrender on the Foyle was a testament to Derry’s pivotal role as a strategic allied base. There were over 100 military ships docked here from 1943, facilitating the Allied domination of the Atlantic sea lanes and playing a key role in the invasion of France in 1944.

Tomorrow will see a series of events in Derry focusing on how the war impacted on the lives of people living throughout the North West.

The events will aim to capture the atmosphere and recounting the story of the war era in the city’s history.

They will take place in the Guildhall, Tower Museum and Harbour House on Saturday, with guided tours, original artefacts, stage drama, living history actors, a 1940s photo booth and much more throughout the day from 10am to 5pm.

The events are suitable for all ages and everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information, contact the Guildhall on 028 7137 6510, or email: guildhall.reception@derrycityandstrabanedistrict.com.