568 were commissioned from 1940 - 1945

Type VIIC was a slightly modified version of the successful VIIB. They had basically the same engine layout and power, but were slightly larger and heavier which made them not quite as fast as the VIIB. 5 torpedo tubes (4 at the bow and one at the stern) were installed in all but the following boats; only two bow tubes (U-72, U-78, U-80, U-554 and U-555) and no stern tube (U-203, U-331, U-351, U-401, U-431 and U-651).

The VIIC was the workhorse of the German U-boat force in World War Two from 1941 onwards and boats of this type were being built throughout the war. The first VIIC boat being commissioned was the U-69 in 1940. The VIIC was an effective fighting machine and was seen in almost all areas where the U-boat force operated although their range was not as great as the one of the larger IX types.

The VIIC came into service as the "Happy Days" were almost over and it was this boat that faced the final defeat to the Allied anti-submarine campaign in late 1943 and 1944.

Perhaps the most famous VIIC boat was the U-96 which is featured in the movie Das Boot, other noticeable boats were the U-flak boats. Many of these boats were fitted with the Schnorkel in 1944-1945. This design saw one more improvement in the type VIIC/41.

The larger mine-laying type VIID was a direct variant of the VIIC.

 
U-boat Builder Werk number Built
U-69 - U-72 Germaniawerft, Kiel 603,604,618,619 1939 - 1941
U-77 - U-82 Vegesacker Werft, Vegesack 5 - 10 1940 - 1941
U-88 - U-92 Flender-Werke, Lübeck 292 - 296 1940 -1942
U-93 - U-98 Germaniawerft, Kiel 598 - 603 1939 - 1940
U-132 - U-136 Vegesacker Werft, Vegesack 11 - 15 1940 - 1941
U-201 - 212 Germaniawerft, Kiel 630 - 641 1940 - 1942
U-221 - U-232 Germaniawerft, Kiel 651 - 662 1941 - 1942
U-235 - U-240 Germaniawerft, Kiel 665 - 670 1942 - 1943
U-241 - U-250 Germaniawerft, Kiel 675 - 684 1942 - 1944
U-251 - U-291 Vegesacker Werft, Vegesack 16 - 56 1941 - 1943
U-301 - U-316 Flender-Werke, Lübeck 301 - 316 1941 - 1943
U-331 - U-350 Nordseewerke, Emden 203 - 228 1940 - 1943
U-351 - U-370 Flensburger Schiffsbau, Flensburg 470 - 493 1941 - 1943
U-371 - U-394 Howaldtswerke, Kiel 2 - 26 1941 - 1944
U-396 - U-400 Howaldtswerke, Kiel 28 - 32 1942 - 1944
U-401 - U-430 Danziger Werft, Danzig 102 - 132 1940 - 1943
U-431 - U-450 Schichau, Danzig 1472 - 1521 1940 - 1942
U-451 - U-458 Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel 282 - 289 1940 - 1941
U-465 - U-486 Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel 296 - 321 1941 - 1944
U-551 - U-650 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 527 - 150 1939 - 1942
U-651 - U-683 Howaldtswerke, Hamburg 800 - 832 1941 - 1944
U-701 - U-722 H C Stülcken, Hamburg 760 ~788 1940 - 1943
U-731 - U-750 Schichau, Danzig 1522 - 1560 1941 - 1943
U-751 - U-768 Kriegsmarinewerft, Wilhelmshaven 134 - 151 1940 - 1943
U-771 - U-779 Kriegsmarinewerft, Wilhelmshaven 154 - 162 1942 - 1944
U-821 - U-822 Oderwerke, Stettin 821 - 822 1941-1944
U-825 - U-826 Schichau, Danzig 1588 - 1589 1943 - 1944
U-901 Vulkan, Stettin 16 1942-1943
U-903 - U-904 Flender-Werke, Lübeck 329 - 330 1942 - 1943
U-905 - U-907 H C Stülcken, Hamburg 802 - 804 1943 - 1944
U-921 - U-928 AG Neptun, Rostock 508 - 515 1943 - 1944
U-951- U-994 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 151 - 194 1942 - 1943
U-1051 - U-1058 Germaniawerft, Kiel 685 - 692 1943 - 1944
U-1101 - U-1102 Nordseewerke, Emden 223 - 224 1943 - 1944
U-1131 - U-1132 Howaldtswerke, Kiel 33 - 34 1943 - 1944
U-1161 - U-1162 Danziger Werft, Danzig 133 - 134 1942 - 1943
U-1191 - U-1210 Schichau, Danzig 1561 - 1589 1942 - 1944

Technical information

Displacement:
(tons)
769 (sf)
871 (sm)
1070 (total)
Length: (m) 67,10 oa
50,50 ph
Beam: (m) 6,20 oa
4,70 ph
Draught: 4,74 m
Height: 9,60 m
Power: (hp) 3200 (sf)
750 (sm)

Speed:
(knots)
17,7 (sf)
7,6 (sm)
Range:
(miles / knots)
8500/10 (sf)
80/4 (sm)
Torpedoes: 14
4/1 (bow / stern tubes)
Mines: 26 TMA
Deck gun: 88/45
220 rounds
Crew: 44-52 men
Max depth: ca. 220 m
(722 feet)

sm = submerged, sf = surfaced, ph = pressure hull,
oa = overall, hp = horsepower.