Die Kaleuns.

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Re: Die Kaleuns.

Post by tigre » 15 Apr 2011 02:02

Thanks for shedding light on it Åkerberg :wink:. Raúl M 8-).

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Re: Die Kaleuns.

Post by tigre » 25 Apr 2011 01:16

Hello to all :D; more follows...................

The U-14 and Oberleutnant z. See Herbert Wohlfarth.

Herbert Wohlfarth began his naval career in April 1933 and joined the Submarine Force in May 1937, in September 1938 he was assigned to U 16 as WO (Watch Officer). In October 1939 the crew of U 16 exchanged positions with that of the U 14 and on October 19 Oberleutnant z. See Wohlfarth assumed command of the U 14. With this submersible made four combat patrols and during the first 3 of them sank 9 vessels, mostly of smaller size. The 4th patrol within Operation Hartmut in support of Weserübung was without success.

On June 15, 1940 he took command of U 137.

Sources: Fotoalbum-U-Boot-Atlantikboot-Feindfahrten-FrontbootTop bei eBay_de 1918-1945 (endet 14_02_10 200556 MEZ)
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Re: Die Kaleuns.

Post by tigre » 02 May 2011 00:07

Hello to all :D; more follows...................

The U 14 and Oberleutnant z. See Herbert Wohlfarth.

The U 14 was a submarine of the type II B, it was commissioned on January 18, 1936. As relevant data, on September 3, 1939 at 20:22 hours, probably she attacked the first warship in WWII, it was the Polish submersible Sep (Commander Wladyslaw Salamon).

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Re: Die Kaleuns.

Post by tigre » 22 May 2011 16:35

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The U 34, Kapitänleutnant Harald Grosse and the C3.

The Kaleun.

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.

The submersible.

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.

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Re: Die Kaleuns.

Post by tigre » 18 Feb 2012 19:22

Hello :D, another little story about one Kaleun and his boat...............

The U-56, Kapitänleutnant Wilhelm Zahn and Mr. Churchill .....

The Kapitänleutnant Wilhelm Zahn was born on July 29, 1910 in Ebensfelde and died on November 14, 1976 at the age of 66. He became a naval officer candidate on April 01, 1930 and was promoted to Kapitänleutnant on June 01, 1939. Throughout his naval career he had the command of U 56 and U 69. He was aboard on U 35 as WO when she was overrun by the pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee and later survived the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff on January 30, 1945.

The U-56 was a German submersible type IIC keel had been laid on the steps of Deutsche Werke AG in Kiel, September 21, 1937, being commissioned on 26 November 1938 under the command of Oberleutnant z. See Wilhelm Zahn (Kapitänleutnant from June 1, 1939), who exercise the command of the unit from the commissioning till January 21, 1940.

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Re: Die Kaleuns.

Post by tigre » 25 Feb 2012 16:25

Hello :D; more follows...............

The U 56, Kapitänleutnant Wilhelm Zahn and Mr. Churchill .....

The operator of the U 56 detected the enemy early, in their headphones he could hear the noise of several propellers that were increasing in intensity, indicating that they approached the submersible.

It was October 30, 1939 shortly before 10:00 hours and the U 56 was serving her third operational patrol. She had sailed from Kiel on October 23 1939 under command of Kapitänleutnant Wilhelm Zahn with Oberleutnant z. See Herwig Collmann as IWO and ObStrm Kurt Pressel and so far the boat did not record any sinking. That day the U 56 was submerged at periscope depth a few miles west of the Orkneys Islands and in hearing the news, raised the periscope and took a sweep around.

At first, the sea seemed empty, but soon the kaleun could see the silhouettes of some ships on the horizon. They were the slender silhouettes of destroyers, ten in total. The anti-submarine vessels were the curtain to protect the most valuable assets of Great Britain in the Atlantic.

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Post by tigre » 03 Mar 2012 14:29

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The U 56, Kapitänleutnant Wilhelm Zahn and Mr. Churchill .....

Amid the shade of those destroyers sailed the most powerful battleships of the Royal Navy in the Atlantic. They were the "HMS Nelson" (34,000 ton), her twin the HMS "Rodney" and the HMS "Hood" (42,000 ton). The "HMS Hood" was the largest warship ever built in Britain.

The British naval formation was sailing at 12 knots, thus making it unavailable to the U-56 sailing submerged at 7.4 knots. Suddenly the battle ships changed course and came toward the German submersible, direct to her torpedo tubes.

The U-56 suddenly found himself between the battleships and the destroyers in the antisubmarine screen that should protect them, the sub had not been detected and was ready to unleash a devastating blow.

Kapitänleutnant Wilhelm Zahn watched the ships on approach to his position through the periscope, the "HMS Rodney" forward and the "HMS Nelson" behind. Zahn noted that due to the course which sailed, the "HMS Nelson" would reach an ideal position for a torpedo attack. What the young commander could not know was that a successful attack not only would sink the mighty battleship but also the First Lord of the Admiralty who was on board and none other than the later famous Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

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Re: Die Kaleuns.

Post by tigre » 10 Mar 2012 13:26

Hello :D; more follows...............

The U 56, Kapitänleutnant Wilhelm Zahn and Mr. Churchill .....

The HMS Nelson was at a distance of less than a thousand meters from the U 56, showing her broad band. The commander who followed the contour of the ship in the periscope optics, ordered: salvo of three! "Immediately afterwards, three torpedoes left its tubes and running to about eight meters below the water surface marched to meet its target.

After launching, the U 56 sank deep to avoid the reaction of the escort destroyers. The submersible had not much time, since between the launch and the impact elapsed no more than 60 seconds. The man in the hydrophones' room looked at his watch and each crew member counted quietly. Kapitanleutnant Zahn placed the headphones. The seconds flew 55, 56, 57 .... and then three hit due to the impact of metal against metal, all torpedoes had found their target .... the hull of HMS Nelson.

But they were not followed by the muffled sound of a detonation caused by a ton of high explosive, or tearing metal, or the roar caused by the water entering the compartments of a ship that was torpedoed.

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Post by tigre » 17 Mar 2012 15:23

Hello :D; the end...............

The U 56, Kapitänleutnant Wilhelm Zahn and Mr. Churchill .....

All torpedoes had reached its target and all of them had failed. The "HMS Nelson" and with it the whole British fleet continued its course and disappeared from the field of view of the periscope of the submarine commander, Kapitänleutnant Zahn. Unreachable for his small submarine.

The U 56 surfaced and Zahn sent a radio message to the BdU Karl Dönitz saying ".. October 30 at 10:00 hours 'Rodney', 'Nelson', 'Hood', 10 destroyers bearing 240 degrees three torpedoes fired, failure. "

Ten days later, the U 56 returned to their base in Wilhelmshaven. Kapitänleutnant Zahn reported to his admiral. Dönitz said: "The commander of the submarine, which had penetrated into the submarine-curtain set for ten hostile destroyers to perform the attack (against the 'Nelson') which ended in an undeserved failure, suffered a deep depression that I felt compelled to replace as commander of a combat submarine and use him in training of crews of submarines. the failure of the U 56, was an extraordinary military failure. "

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Reason: Dönitz - not Doenitz ! U 56 - not U-56

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Re: Die Kaleuns.

Post by AlifRafikKhan » 10 Apr 2012 11:00

Again, very good job Raúl! Very appreciated... :D

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Post by tigre » 10 Apr 2012 23:10

You're welcome AlifRafikKhan :wink:. Cheers. Raúl M 8-).

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Re: Die Kaleuns.

Post by tigre » 07 Aug 2013 14:05

Hello to all :D; one more....................

Krv. Kp Richard Zapp and U 66.

The Krv. Kp Richard Zapp began his naval career in 1923, but only joined the submarine force in April 1940. After serving briefly in the U 46 under Endrass, Zapp assumed his first command in the U 66 in January 1941.

The U 66 was a submersible type IX C whose keel was laid on March 20, 1940 at the AG Weser shipyard in Bremen and she was launched on October 10, 1940. She was commisioned on January 2, 1941 under the command of Krv. Kp. Richard Zapp.

After passing all tests and exercises, arrived at Kiel in order to carry out her first patrol. She sailed from that port on May 13, 1941 with the following officers: Korvettenkapitän Richard Zapp, IWO Oberleutnant z. S. Achilles; IIWO Oberleutnant z. S. Makowski, LI Oberleutnant (Ing) Gahl; Fähnrich z. S. Bernbeck; Stm Werner Fröhlich. She arrived at Lorient on June 21, 1941 without getting hits.

For her second patrol sailed on June 23, 1941, returning to Lorient on August 5, 1941; this time sank four ships, totaling 19,078 tons.

The third patrol lasted from August 28 till November 9, 1941 and she sank a ship of 7,052 ton.

Sources: http://uboat.net/men/zapp.htm
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Post by tigre » 10 Aug 2013 21:39

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Krv. Kp Richard Zapp and U 66.

In the fourth patrol she was one of the first five submersibles in taking part in Operation Paukenschlag, patrolling American waters between December 25, 1941 and February 10, 1942. This time she sank five ships totaling 33,456 tons. The officers on board were Korvettenkapitän Richard Zapp, IWO Oberleutnant z. S. Siebold; IIWO Leutnant z. S. Sammler, LI Oberleutnant (Ing) Gahl. The other subs that took part in the operation were the U 125 (Folkers), the U 123 (Hardegen), the U 130 (Kals) and U 109 (Bleichrodt).

Equally successful was the fifth patrol, conducted in the Caribbean waters between March 21 and May 27, 1942, in which sank six ships totaling 43,946 tons, at the time the IIWO was Leutnant z. S. Herbig. After this patrol Richard Zapp left the U 66 and assumed command of the 3rd U Flotille in La Rochelle. For his performance he was awarded the Knight's Cross on April 23, 1942.

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Re: Die Kaleuns.

Post by tigre » 14 Aug 2013 18:50

Hello to all :D; something more..................

Some good skippers................

These commanders were among the most successful at the end of the year of 1940: Fritz Frauenheim 19 ships (78.853 tons), Günter Kuhnke 13 ships (56.272 tons) and Heinrich Liebe 26 ships (about 145. 000 tons).

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Re: Die Kaleuns.

Post by SnakeDoc » 13 Feb 2014 12:50

Hello,

can you identify this U-Boat commander?
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