All articles by David Child-Dennis

David Child-Dennis (R.I.P.) was a writer, author, and commentator, with a particular interest in aviation, naval, and military history.

Reliving The Era of The Great Airships

by David Child-Dennis

Most of our readers are too young to remember the great airships that sailed, ever so majestically, across the Atlantic between Europe and the Americas. Those fortunate enough to do so, remember them as a sight never to be forgotten. Probably the best r…

Top Secret: U-Boat 196

Part Ⅴ: Out Of The Black U-196’s Full Mission Is Revealed

by David Child-Dennis

The story so far- The Mission… The U-196 arrived off the Northland coast sometime in May 1945, with a small team of German nuclear scientists and their equipment. They had been ordered there by the commander of the German submarine forces, Admiral D…

Top Secret: U-Boat 196

Part Ⅳ: Deep Black: What was hidden in New Zealand, and why?

by David Child-Dennis

Author’s note: I believe with the unconditional surrender of Germany on May 8, 1945, the then commander of Germany’s submarine fleet, Admiral Karl Dönitz, used the only bargaining chip he had left, German nuclear research, spirited away from the advanc…

Top Secret: U-Boat 196

Part Ⅲ: The Real Treasure! Ghost Ship Reveals

by David Child-Dennis

On May 8, 1945, with Germany’s unconditional surrender, Admiral Dönitz, the commander of Germany’s submarine force, ordered a number of specialised cargo U-boats, still at sea, to proceed to foreign ports across the world. In the early 1980s local divers…

Top Secret: U-Boat 196

Part Ⅱ: The Mystery Continues…

by David Child-Dennis

Gold Bullion, Uranium, Loot… What really happened? Will we ever know? The ‘Monsun Gruppe’ Before continuing my attempt to reconstruct what I believe to be the fate of the crew of U-196 after they reached New Zealand, it might be useful to give readers…

Top Secret: U-Boat 196

Part Ⅰ: German WWII Submarine Found North of Auckland

by David Child-Dennis

Sixty years later, an underwater research group has discovered U-196 partially submerged, stern down, in the sand and apparently not fully flooded in 15 meters of water. It is surmised that U-196 refuelled from the German convoy raider ‘Orion’, somewhere…