MEK - Marine-Einsatz-Kommando

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Re: MEK - Marine-Einsatz-Kommando

Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 24 May 2019 01:06

Did the German MEKs ever went on missions in Asia during WWII?

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Re: MEK - Marine-Einsatz-Kommando

Post by Number24 » 08 May 2020 22:54

MEK 35 was stationed in Harstad in Northern Norway. As late as May 6th 1945, two days before the war ended. Some of them were put on shore in Hopseidet where it was belived Soviet, British and Norwegian forces were getting ready to attack south of the strategically important Lyngen fjord. There they found three Norwegian police troops trained in Sweden and six local fishermen guarding an observation post. The civilians had been asked by the corporal commanding the post to help them, but they weren'tgiven any weapons. After a short firefight with MEK the police troops pulled back and the fishermen returned to their homes. MEK follewed them and raided a house where they found a woman and nine children hiding in the cellar. The soldiers raped the woman, then they threw a hand g[img]renade into the cellar. The grenade was a dud and the woman threw it out again, causing the MEK soldiers to run away. MEK later found the six unarmed fishermen and murdered them, including two teenagers. The MEK soldiers involved in this war crime were never punished.

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Re: MEK - Marine-Einsatz-Kommando

Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 09 May 2020 02:13

I guess there is no telling how many MEKs in total were activated and were in action during WWII. MEK zbV (Special Purpose) must have carried out big raids against enemy installations,especially the Soviet ones. Too bad the missions that MEK zbV had carried out are still secret. I wish to know more about MEK zbV. By the way any information about MEK Werschetz?

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Re: MEK - Marine-Einsatz-Kommando

Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 11 Aug 2020 08:17

Were there any special sabotage successes against enemy targets that were made by MEKs during 1944-1945?

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Re: MEK - Marine-Einsatz-Kommando

Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 21 Sep 2020 07:30

Anything that you can contribute to knowing the little known MEKs?

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Re: MEK - Marine-Einsatz-Kommando

Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 08 Oct 2020 06:43

On 9 January 1945 naval saboteurs of MEK 71 were taken by S-boats to the Dalmatian and east Italian coast. At Zadar they sank two freighters and on the Italian Adriatic coast demolished three bridges. Information is from page 176 of the book "Hitler's Secret Commandos-Operations of the K-Verband" by Helmut Blocksdorf. One of the few books that has actions of the MEKs.

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Re: MEK - Marine-Einsatz-Kommando

Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 13 Oct 2020 10:53

Commando operations were given cover-names which-for security reasons-were often changed in the preparation phase. As a rule in the MEKs they were never down and were known only to those immediately involved. Information is from page 174 of the same book "Hitler's Secret Commandos-Operations of the K-Verband by Helmut Blocksdorf. Not much is known about the men in the MEKs who won high German decorations for valor during WWII.
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