German U-boats in Harwich
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World War One at Home: German U-boats' Harwich surrender

Dozens of German U-boats officially surrendered to the Allied forces shortly after the Armistice in November 1918, to become one of the most unusual tourists attractions ever seen off the Essex coast.

It is estimated up to 200 U-boats, along with various other German ships and support machinery, were escorted by British ships into the River Stour estuary.

The commanding officer of the Harwich Force, Admiral Tyrwhitt, gave strict orders to his sailors there was to be "no communication whatsoever" with the Germans.

The fleet stretched for two miles (3km) down the river outside Parkeston Quay, Harwich.

As part of the BBC World War One at Home series, Shaun Peel reports.

  • 08 Nov 2014
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