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German submarine U-121 (1940)
Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-121
Ordered: 28 September 1937
Builder: Flender Werke, Lübeck
Yard number: 269
Laid down: 16 April 1938
Launched: 20 April 1940
Commissioned: 28 May 1940
Fate: Scuttled 2 May 1945 at Bremerhaven
Status: Raised and scrapped, 1950
General characteristics
Type: IIB
Service record
Part of:


Operations: No patrols
Victories: No ships sunk or damaged

German submarine U-121 was a long-lived Type IIB U-boat built during World War II for service in the Kriegsmarine. U-121 spent the entire war as a training vessel and was scuttled at the end of the conflict.

U-121 was one of two Type II U-boats built at Flender Werke in Lübeck. Like her sister boat U-120 (also built in Lübeck), she was originally constructed for export to China. The advent of World War II and the increased training needs of the U-bootwaffe led the German high command to assign U-120 and U-121 to the training command instead.[1]

Built for China

The Chinese Nationalist Government used 1,0000000 Marks to order two Type IIB U-boats in 1937. They also dispatched 80 men to Germany for training in submarine operations. The Japanese Government complained over this transaction, so the Chinese took their money back and the pair of Type IIB submarines joined the Kriegsmarine after the outbreak of the Second World War in Europe. They were U-120 and U-121.


  1. Blair (1996), 178-179.

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