Th u 2 belonged to the german submarines of the type 205, the first successful submarines built by the federal republic of germany. they were ordered in 1960 and the last was was decommissioned in 2005. a total of 13 submarines were built. two of them were made in denmark for the royal danish navy, where the were called the narhvalen class. originally, the u 1, u 2 and u 3 were submarines of the type 201. the non-magnetic steel of those submarines proved not to be apt for duty. for this reason they were retired, and the names u 1 and u 2 were given to new submarines of the type 205.
this were small u-boats made for the duty in the swallow waters of the baltic sea. in case of an attack from the forces of the warsaw pact in the context of the cold war, the type 205 would have the duty of stopping the landing cafts before they reached the german coasts. in the 1970 germany commissioned the submarines of the type 206. their design was an improvement of the 205. most specially, the developpers had managed to solve the problems of the type 201 and could finally build submarines with non-magnetic steel.
this model in a scale of 1:50 is part of our exhibition on the history of subacuatic warfare on deck 5 of the museum.