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Northern Patrol 2012
Tuesday 28 August
Today we visit U-995, the only Type VII-C left in existence and this was the boat of our great friend HANS-GEORG HESS (125-1985). But first, we stop on the Autobahn for breakfast. Most of the restaurants along the Autobahn are clean, modern with great food at decent prices. For some reason however, they don't like photos being taken of their facilities.
|Great selection||TROY and CHARLIE contemplate||Inside or outside?|
Using the iPad GPS of Colonel CAL DELAPLAIN(1002-1989) rather than maps,
we arrived quickly and without incident.
As we round the corner, there she is coming out of the morning mists and we go on board
|The sharp 'Atlantic Bow'||The saddle tanks, distinctive of the Type VII boats|
ERWIN BURDT (1328-1989) served aboard the Type VII-C boat
U-733 in the electric motor room and he tells us about that time
Looking aft from the e-machineraun
into the after torpedo room.
|(Backbord) Portside diesel||(Steuerbord) Starboard side diesel|
|ERWIN explains the diesels to PAUL||The air compressor forward of the portside diesel|
The crew of a Type VII-C boat usually consisted of four officers and men totaling between 44 and 54 men who had to be fed. 'Smutje' (the cook) had to cook all the meals on this three-burner electric stove.
ERWIN tells us how it was,
"hot bunking" in the boats. That means there were two men
assigned to each bunk. When one was on duty, the other had the
bunk. In most cases, the bunks quickly got soaked with the sweat
and smell of each man combined with the dampness of the boat and the
salt water that came into the boat when the hatches were open. It
certainly was not a five-star hotel!
We move forward into the Zentralle
- the central control room
|the gyrocompass on the aft side of the periscope shears|
|the navigator's area was portside||the diving planesmen sat side by
side on the leather
bench in the foreground facing outward to starboard
|in the funkraum (radio room)||above and both below - ERWIN explains the bow room to CHARLIE|
From U-995 we cross the street to the Marine Ehrenmal - the Navy Memorial
|The Memorial building towers high above the Baltic||one of the props from PRINZ EUGEN|
LEFT - the Memorial to the 3,505 Americans who perished
aboard U.S. Navy submarines
MARTIN SCHAEFFER (189-1986) was instrumental in placing this plaque here
CENTER - in Memory of the German Navy men who perished in World War One
RIGHT - in Memory of the German Navy men who perished in World War Two
|the ship's bell from ADMIRAL HIPPER||the passageway to the Memorial Chamber|
Our host at the Marine Ehrenmal (Navy Memorial) was WOLDEMAR TRIEBEL (197-1986), known to his friends as 'BOBBY'. Here he takes the time to pose with some of our group high atop the Memorial.
|HARRY COOPER (1-LIFE-1983)||Colonel CAL DELAPLAIN (1002-1989)|
|TROY STROTHER (7255-2007)||Doctor CHARLES ELLIS (7324-LIFE-2008)|
As already stated, we are a LONG WAY up in the sky atop the Marine Ehrenmal (German Navy Memorial). It is a beautiful tribute to the men of the German Navy who perished in two World Wars.
WOLDEMAR TRIEBEL (BOBBY)
was I.W.O. (Executive Officer) aboard U-978 under
GÜNTHER PULST (330-1987)
until the end of the war.
It's time for lunch at the Seeterrassen then we drive on to the U-Bootehrenmal as you see here.
|As we arrive we note that the big
eagle is missing from the pillar.
It was bronze covered iron and the salt air was damaging it, so
it is being replaced by a solid bronze eagle.
|Ships transiting the Kiel Kanal
dip their ensigns
in respect as they pass the Memorial.
|"To the Memorial Chamber"||"In memory of the fallen submariners of the German Navy"|
At the entrance to the Memorial Chamber we
see many wreaths of remembrance, placed there by loved ones of the U-Bootfahrer
who did not return.
In the Memorial Chamber.........
.....there is a Memorial bronze with the
number of each U-Boat lost in each World War. The name of the Skipper is
on each plaque whether he was lost or not - then there are the names of each man
who was killed in action. There are about 30,000 names on these plaques as
about one man in seven came home - the other six of seven were killed in action.
This is the worst attrition rate of any military force ever in history yet these
men still went to sea, did their duty without deserting - and died for their
country. MARK LENZ (1728-1991) pauses here for reflection.
As we depart the Memorial Chamber............
.....we pass even more wreaths
remembering the fallen U-Bootfahrer.
No public funds maintain this Memorial -
it all comes from donations. This day Sharkhunters gave another €200
(about $300) to the Memorial, which brings to total so far to about $7,000
Sharkhunters has donated to this beautiful Memorial. 10% of all the money
Sharkhunters receives from the sale of our hand-signed fine art prints is
donated to the U-Boot Ehrenmal.
Tomorrow we head for Wewelsburg Castle, taken over by Heinrich Himmler to be used for training his new SS officers. Click below and come with us.
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