Indiana Jones climbs aboard the Wurrfler

A U-boat or Unterseeboot was a submarine used by Germany in both world wars.

During the Great War, a U-boat was responsible for the sinking of the British passenger liner Lusitania. After the war, U-boat construction was blocked by the Treaty of Versailles preventing Germany rebuilding a military.

However, designs for submarines began to be developed in secret in 1922 by the Submarine Development Bureau and by 1935, Adolf Hitler had denounced and ignored the treaty, and U-boats were in use up to and during World War II.

In 1933, René Emile Belloq's home in Marseilles was destroyed by a U-boat's torpedos.

Three years later, the U-boat Wurrfler carried the Ark of the Covenant stolen from the Bantu Wind to the secret Nazi base Geheimhaven.

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