The UC 14 was a UC I Class Boat. She was commissioned on 5 June 1915. Her career ended when she sank on 3 October 1917, after striking a mine at the Zeebrugge Harbor entrance. All hands were lost. During her career, she sank a total of fourteen Allied ships, plus two warships. Her submarine class consisted of mine layers that carried no deck guns or torpedoes. From 5 Jun. 1915 until 9 Oct. 1916, she served in the Pola Flotilla. From 11 Jan. 1917 until 3 Oct. 1917, she served in the Flandern Flotilla.
Her first commander, from 5 June 1915 through 6 January 1916, was Oberleutnant zur Zee Cäsar Bauer (1886-1916). Bauer was later killed while commanding the UB 46. He was relieved on 7 January 1916 by Oberleutnant zur See Franz Becker (1888-1980), who served through 30 June 1916. Becker later commanded other U-Boots, sinking forty-two ships and damaging five. Becker eventually won the 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class, and the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order.
Today we are offering the UC 14’s Kriegstagbuch (war diary/combat patrol document) from 24 December through 28 December 1915 under Bauer’s command. The document measures 8 1/4″ x 13.” It consists of two-sided pages, totaling four pages of typed information, with additional pencilled comments and other information. The report consists of a daily recap of his vessel’s activities. It includes their exact position and the activities performed on that given date. It mentions mines, ship-sightings, etc.
This is a fine document listing the UC 14’s activities. He was her first commander and was most likely his last patrol before he was transferred to another U-Boot.