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December 28th, 2013, 10:58
U1206 was a German submarine which went into service on March 1944. After training expeditions and other things, it went on active Patrol april 1945, only to sink on april 14, mainly due to non-hostile activity. It destroyed 0 allied ships.

It was fitted with a new highpressure toiletsystem, which - according to Wikipedia - "allowed them [toilets, I assume - pibbur's ed.] to be used while running at depth". Which begs the question: What did they do before? Regular toilet breaks/surfacing? Training bladder capacity (the bowels are by default more adaptable)? Technology later employed during pre-shuttle space missions?

Despite its benefits, the system was not without problems. It was fairly complicated to flush the units correctly, and actually required training. On April 1945, one of the toilets caused a leak in the forward section. Which flooded the batteries. Which caused them (the batteries) to release chlorine gas. Which apart from its bad smell also is kind of toxic Which forced them to surface. Which made British patrols aware of them, and taking action. Which made the U1206.captain abandon and scuttle the submarine.

It's as far as I know not known who the toilet.mishandling() culprit was.

A clear example of "shit happens".

pibbur who'd like to inform the watch that in Norway "shit" is considered a very minor profanity.

PS. It has to be said that 4 of the crew (counting 50 people) died, so it's not an entirely funny story. DS.

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