How did the Kriegsmarine always have fuel for U-boats while the rest of the German military was scrounging every gallon they could?

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  • 6 months ago
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    A whole pile of reasons.

    First off... subs ran off of low grade diesel. Basically bunker fuel. They could do that because of the size of the marine diesels they used vs the smaller diesels or gasoline engines that tanks and trucks and fighter planes needed.

    Second, when are we talking about. ?? In 1942 everyone had fuel except maybe some unlucky troops in the Stalingrad pocket. In 1944 when the Battle of the Bulge was petering out for lack of juice... most of the Kriegsmarine was at the bottom of the ocean so wasn’t really using fuel.

    At the end of the war the Luftwaffe had the highest production of planes ever in spite of allied bombing. What they didn’t have was fuel and pilots. The Me-262 fighter was advantageous because it used kerosene which was plentiful rather than high octane aviation fuel which was scarce.

    • Bartonovich6 months agoReport

      The biggest advantage of the 262 WAS NOT its speed.

      Sure.. if you could take off and get to altitude and then land without being harassed by allied piston fighter. But that wasn’t the case. Jet engines produce poor static thrust and jets can’t slow down quick—meaning they were sitting ducks.

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Did it though? How many u-boats were captured in their pens?

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    they were prepare

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