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Mast Markings of the S-Boats in the Reichsmarine


The marking of S-boats in the Reichsmarine by angles and by diagonal crosses in the mast was already performed in the first years on "LM"-boats. This way of marking was continued on the S-boats of types "S 1" to "S 18" and was still performed after renaming of Reichsmarine into Kriegsmarine.

A detailed description of the markings of the boats is no longer possible today but on the basis of pictures the markings of some boats can be specified. 

 For "Sperrverband Ostsee" it can be established for the following LM-boats that "LM 14" displayed to angles with opening upwards in the mast, "LM 15" showed a diagonal cross, and "LM 17" carried two angles with opening downwards.

Boat Marking
LM 13 Not knownt
LM 14 Two angles opening upwards
LM 15 Diagonal cross
LM 17 _Two angles opening downwards

LM-Boats of "Sperrverband Ostsee" at a pier - Picture: Archives Förderverein

Which point of view were followed in awarding thze 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 Commissioned Marking
S 1 07.08.30 To angles opening downwards
S 2 22.04.32 Angles opening upwards
S 3 27.05.32 Two angles opening upwards
S 4 20.06.32 Diagonal cross; but also angle opening upwards
S 5 14.07.32 Two diagonal cross
S 6 23.11.32 Angle opening downwards
S 7 10.10.34 Unknown
S 8 06.09.34 Angle opening downwards

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 - Clipping: Archives Förderverein

"S 8" at High Speed without Mastmarking - Picture: Archives W. Absmeier

"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" comming Alongside of the Tender - Picture: Archives W. Absmeier

"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