igorr wrote: ↑
22 Mar 2022 05:11
If you want to see overall situation, without digging in each ship's fate, you must read original german docs about subject. This is source much reliable than any book and site, because it is primary source. German SKL has almost "on-line" monitoring of German Handelsflotte beginning from 6.9.39, with exact numbers of ships returned or not returned to Heimat. It deals with ships more than 1600 brt (858 with 3888000 brt). It can be found in NARA T-1022, ROLL 1710. Also there is narrative about 09.39-04.40, made for SKL by Ludwig Dinklage in 1943 (T-1022, roll 3227).
Dear Igorr, thank you very much as well!
The thing is, that I read the book by Dinklage and it had detailed informations about the overall picture.
I was pretty much interested in four topics:
- First, the size, position and cargo of the merchant fleet, because I wanted to cross-reference it with the Statischtisches Jahrbuch. I saw it as a big inconsistency that natural rubber arrived to Germany even after Barbarossa - something that was not consistent with the view of a perfect and unbreakable blockade
- Second, the forewarning system, so I wanted to cross-reference it with other sources such as regiamarina.net and other secondary and terciary sources; it seems that the Italians not simply made a mistake, but effectively kicked themselves by declaring war while having 37 ships in their enemies' ports: compared to 3 by the Germans and 0 by the British, French or Polish fleets
- Third, the merchant ship building programs before and after the war
- Fourth, the merchant ship acquisition; and how exactly that resembled the Lufthansa / Luftwaffe relationship.
“And while I am talking to you, mothers and fathers, I give you one more assurance. I have said this before, but I shall say it again, and again and again. Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars." - FDR, October 1940