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The U 34, Kapitänleutnant Harald Grosse and the C3.
The Kapitänleutnant Harald Grosse was born in Mainz on November 17, 1906 and died at age of 33 in the North Atlantic on February 23, 1940 west of the Orkneys.
From August 1935 until his death commanded the U 8, the U 34, the U 22 and the U 53 in which he met his final destiny. Sank five ships totaling 13,298 tons and damaged another ship for 8,022 tons.
Type VII was commissioned on 12 Sep 1936 under command of Kptlt. Ernst Sobe, she participated in the Operation Ursula during the same year of 1936 under the command of KpLt Harald Grosse. During World War II, the U 34 participated in 6 patrols, sinking 21 ships totaling 97,699 tons. She sank at 2155hrs on 5 August, 1943 at Memel in position 55.42N, 21.09E after a collision with the U-boat submarine tender Lech.
The sinking of the C3.
Both German submarines made several unsuccessful attempts to sink the Republicans Destroyers, and finally on December 10, it was decided to remove them; it was the same Minister of War, GFM v. Blomberg, who decided to cancel the operation "Ursula". As of December 12, 1936 onwards, the Italian submarines would take the baton to the Germans. En route back to Germany on December 12, and just off Malaga, the U 34 was surfaced in the area and spotted the low silhouette of the Spanish Republican submarine C3, sailing at 11 knots to about 4 miles southwest of the lighthouse and heading to the port . The German dived quickly; it was shortly after 14:00 hours and the Spanish crew had taken the lunch. Grosse quickly flooded the tube and fired a single torpedo at 14:19 hours, which hit the C3, about 8 meters from her bow, splitting she in two, and sending the Spanish boat 70 meters to the bottom of the Mediterranean.
Fotoalbum Marine Sig.Ausb.Komp-Kriegsschiffe-U-Boot 4. http://www.uboat.net/men/commanders/388.html
Cheers. Raúl M
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