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              "Patrol in North Germany"

                              
from 13 October 2001 through 21 October 2001
                               
We met the men who actually MADE this history!

This was a very special tour, arranged for us by  the veterans themselves.  No other tour could  possibly allow visitors in the places we go or  to meet with all these honored veterans.  There have never been less than a dozen U-boat Skippers with us & dozens of other officers & crewmen attending our Patrols.  The Luftwaffe and other branches of the Wehrmacht are also represented.

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Before we forget the museum of PETER TAMM, here are two items of great interest in this fantastic place.  The top item is the Admiralstab (Admiral's baton) of Grossadmiral Karl Dönitz and the lower one is the Admiralstab of Grossadmiral Erich Raeder.  This museum is filled with great artifacts.

KARL KETTLER and his wife Marianne wrote this about their time on our 'Patrol':
"We had a fantastic time and still talk about the great time we had.  The best part of the trip was the people we met.  They made it a perfect event!"


    
The original design of the Volkswagen as
                                                                                           sketched by Hitler in München in 1932


17 October (Wednesday)   Wolfsburg Volkswagen Werke – that was the code name in World War II for the V-1 and V-2 rocket building plant.  They also made airplane wings and other components, and they repaired these as well.  Today, they build Volkswagens and it is the largest automobile manufacturing plant in the world.  The facility is about the size of the principality of Monaco, employs some 50,000 workers, has the world’s largest auto painting facility, has 16 employee cafeterias, their own butcher shop and bakery on site, makes twelve miles of brake lines daily, uses 1,000 tons of coal daily for the electric power plant which not only powers this huge facility but it also powers the city of Wolfsburg, has the largest rail terminal in Europe and the second largest railway system in Europe.  This is one huge place!  We took the tour by tram and, unlike the Audi plant in Bavaria, photos and videotapes were allowed here.
 

 
Captain HARDEGEN then.................   .....................and now (center)

In the evening, Captain REINHARD HARDEGEN came to the hotel for a visit.  He signed autographs and had his photo taken with all our Members, then had to head for home.  He had to prepare for his wife’s birthday on the following morning.  It is considered bad luck in Germany to wish anyone a Happy Birthday except on the day itself, so to avoid this bad luck we asked Captain HARDEGEN if he would convey our best birthday wishes to his wife on the following morning.


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