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GÜNTER DIETRICH was not a Skipper of a U-Boat, didn't win the
Knights Cross but in the closing hours of World War II, Fate thrust him into an historic situation.

GÜNTER was a sailor aboard a minesweeper and like just about every ship, submarine or boat in the closing days of the war, they were headed for Norway as the Red Army closed in behind them.  On 5 May 1945, all units were ordered to remain in whatever port they happened to be and to surrender to whatever army overran their position.  The minesweeper on which he was posted was one of many units in the Copenhagen Harbor, so about midday, they tied to the wharf and settled down to await their fate.

In the afternoon, an officer wearing a pullover sweater and no badges of rank or of any kind, came up to the boat in great haste.  GÜNTER immediately saw the
Knights Cross  around his neck.  The officer spoke to him with a French accent, and asked to speak with the Skipper of the boat.  GÜNTER called his Skipper topsides.

The Skipper and this officer spoke quietly for a moment, then they went below to the Skipper's small cabin where the guest remained, unseen by anyone else.  At midnight, the Skipper quietly gave orders to get underway, and the boat slipped out of Copenhagen Harbor and made for Norway.

They arrived without incident and in the morning light, the officer emerged from the cabin, said his goodbyes to the Skipper and entered a waiting car which took him to the airfield and a waiting FW 200 CONDOR that roared off into the morning sky.

GÜNTER DIETRICH had taken a small part in assisting in the escape and thereby saving the life of SS LEON deGRELLE (1835-1991).

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