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 12 April through 20 April 1916 under Oberleutnant zur See Franz Becker’s command. The report is typewritten, with a total of five typewritten sheets (as well as one blank page). This is all bound together with a string. The document measures 8 1/4″ x 13.” The daily observations and results are noted, including daily positions, etc. Each daily report is signed “Becker.” The last entry bears his full signature and rank. The entire document is well-organized, extremely neat, and displays Becker’s signature.