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Re: 2. U-Flotille “Saltzwedel”.

Post by tigre » 09 Aug 2023 12:29

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On December 19, 1939, The Naval War General Staff has received reports that the Norwegian NOSOLD LINE has recently been established and will commence scheduled services between NEW YORK and LIVERPOOL. GREECE is said to have simultaneously chartered 20 steamers to the Allies for traffic between the US and GREAT BRITAIN.

The large-scale search for British submarines, which have been sighted several times in the GERMAN BAY, which has been carried out since December 16, 1939, remains unsuccessful. In the opinion of FdU WEST, the threat to incoming and outgoing submarines remains.

U 25 and U 46 sailed. Both submersibles are heading to the sea area off the west coast of Portugal. There are no German submarines in the Atlantic. However, a concentration of around 15 units can be expected in January and February.

U 25 - North Sea / AN 95 sailed from WILHELMSHAVEN for the second patrol.

On December 20, 1939, German radio listening intelligence confirms the message from the German attaché in WASHINGTON. The Allied convoy HXF-13 left port on December 19, 1939. Strong surveillance activity and escort services are observed in the BREST area.

U 25 reported a serious fuel leak from a tank. The U-boat has only been on a short patrol since the start of the war and has been in the shipyard the rest of that time. Now she has to interrupt the patrol and go back to the shipyard again.

U 25-North Sea / AN has to interrupt her patrol due to a trail of fuel left by the submersible and begin her march back to GERMANY.

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Post by tigre » 16 Aug 2023 21:12

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On December 21, 1939, Convoy OG-11 is formed from merchant ships of Allied convoys OA-55G and OB-55 southwest of LANDS END. The convoy consists of 43 merchant ships from both convoys and begins the march towards GIBRALTAR.

U 25 entered the port and went to dock.

U 25 North Sea / AN - Arrives at WILHELMSHAVEN and thus ends its second patrol, which had to be canceled due to significant fuel loss problems. The U-boat was in the sea for three days.

U 28 - Brunsbüttel - AN 96 - Arrived at Brunsbüttel. Marching is no longer possible without help from ice. 14:00 - Departure. Navigation with the tugboat STADE to Hamburg. 20:20 - Arrival in Hamburg/Deutsche Werft. There, the ship will go to dock for its review.

U 29 -Hamburgo - AN 98/AN 96 -13:30 - Arrived in Hamburg from Wilhelmshaven. Stay in the shipyard in H.C. Stuelcken and son. There, the ship will go to dock for its review.

On December 22, 1939, the allied convoy OA-58 left SOUTHEND. The convoy consists of 15 merchant ships. Allied convoy OB-58 leaves LIVERPOOL. The convoy consists of 21 merchant ships.

U 32 - Kiel - AO 77/AN 96 - 22:30 - Departure from Kiel. After staying at the shipyard and conducting tests, she passes through the Kaiser Wilhelm Canal back to Wilhelmshaven.

On December 23, 1939, in a note, the Italian government asked the German government for security for the Italian merchant marine. Ultimately, ITALY wants to have a designated port in GREAT BRITAIN where their ships can safely call. The Naval War General Staff rejects this request.

The reason for the fuel leak on the U 25 has not yet been discovered. All external fuel tanks will need to undergo hydraulic testing, which will take until approximately December 30.

U 30-Wilhelmshaven / North Sea-AN 98-12:00-After repairing the exhaust valve and the clutch, she sets sail from Wilhelmshaven with 12 TMB Mines on board. Dense fog.

U 32 - Wilhelmshaven - AN 98 - 22:44 - Arrived in Wilhelmshaven from Kiel.

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Post by tigre » 23 Aug 2023 13:35

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On December 24, 1939, At a briefing by the head of the Naval Warfare Command, he orders that the high immersion depths that German U-boats have hitherto reached be treated as top secret. It is important to maintain the resulting advantage in depth charge activities. The names (numbers) of the submarines will also be classified as secret in the future. In the future, only the hull numbers of ships will be used in radio communications.

The following radio message is addressed to all sailing submarines: “Warm Christmas greetings. successful patrol. Commander in Chief of the Naval War Command".

DÖNITZ reconvenes the OWD (Oberwerftdirektor - General Director of the Western Shipyard). Despite the promise that there would be enough personnel available at the shipyards, U 28 and U 29 had to be diverted to HAMBURG for overhaul (BdU Order). The OWD assures that the situation will be rectified.

U 30 - North Sea - AN 6420 - March to the area of operations, nothing special. On the bottom for the Christmas party.

On December 25, 1939, the allied convoy OA-58 breaks up, its vessels continue the march alone towards their assigned ports. Allied convoy SL-12F enters LIVERPOOL. The convoy consists of 6 merchant ships and thus reaches its destination without losing any ships.

U 30 - North Sea - AN 49 - Underway towards the theater of operations. AN 4947 - 08:00 - Submerged. Torpedo against a steamer sighted misses,
it detonates at the end of the run.

Sources: Fotoalbum 175 Bilder U-Boot U33 U40 TOP !!! bei eBay_de 1918-1945 (endet 09_05_09 162928 MESZ).
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KTB U-Bootwaffe. 1923 - 1938. Das Kriegstagebuch der U-Bootwaffe von Roland Berr.
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Re: 2. U-Flotille “Saltzwedel”.

Post by tigre » 30 Aug 2023 12:39

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On December 26, 1939, El B-Dienst fixed the position of a convoy on the west coast of Portugal.

U 30 - North Sea / AF 79 - Deployment to the area of operations.

On December 27, 1939, Based on the information provided by an informant (V-Männer), the Naval War General Staff orders the examination of his report, according to which Italian engineers are working together with British specialists at the MARCONI company in ITALY to combat German magnetic mines.

OKW orders Naval Warfare General Staff to instruct U-boats against Greek steamers in the war zone around GREAT BRITAIN to only carry out an unwarned scuttling by torpedo fire if it can be ruled out that the attack is identified as coming from a German submarine and the German government can disclaim any responsibility.

Discussion of the FdU WEST with the BSW (Befehlshaber der Sicherung West - Commander of Security West). The subject is the actual mine-laying of the entrance routes of the German submarines. These must remain free in any case and across the entire width.

Departure of the U 32 delayed again.

U 30 - North Sea / AN 1439 / AN 14 / North Atlantic / AM 3465 - U 30 stops and searches the Norwegian cargo ship TANCRED. The ship can continue its journey after control (AM 3465). At dawn the submersible was in position AN 1439.

On December 28, 1939, the Naval War General Staff proposed to repair the torpedoed cruiser LEIPZIG only provisionally. A basic repair would have too great an impact on the submarine building program. By July 1, 1941, six fewer ships could be completed.

The BdU is informed by the Naval War General Staff of an intensification of the anti-submarine combat in the GERMAN BAY. Several measures, such as the increased use of own mines and the change of route, are mentioned as future measures.

U 30 - North Atlantic / AM 3477 / AM 3611 / AM 33 / AM 3545 / AM 3517 - U 30 sinks the small British warship HMS BARBARA ROBERTSON (325 GRT) (AM 3477) by gunfire. About an hour later, U 30 stops and searches the Swedish steamer HISPANIA. After the inspection, the ship continues its journey (AM 36). In the afternoon, U 30 attacks a formation of British warships and torpedoes and damages the battleship HMS BARHAM (31,100 GRT) (AM 3517). Of the four torpedoes fired, only one hit the target, the other three missed once more. In addition to HMS BARHAM, U 30 also attacked HMS REPULSE. HMS BARBARA ROBERTSON takes one of her crew with her.

U 32 - WILHELMSHAVEN / North Sea / AN - U 32 sets sail from WILHELMSHAVEN for the seventh patrol under Operations Order No 16.

Sources: Fotoalbum 175 Bilder U-Boot U33 U40 TOP !!! bei eBay_de 1918-1945 (endet 09_05_09 162928 MESZ).
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KTB U-Bootwaffe. 1923 - 1938. Das Kriegstagebuch der U-Bootwaffe von Roland Berr.
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On December 29, 1939, in a briefing of the Naval War General Staff, a further intensification of the trade war was decided. For submarines, within the zone that already applies to tankers, an unannounced attack on the ships of nations that rent out their hold space primarily to the Allies, including GREECE, is also being considered. Initially, however, only individual submarines with the appropriate commands will be used for such tasks.

The British Admiralty reports a submarine attack on a British battleship. The damage was controllable, three crew members died. U-30 reported an attack on a Repulse-class battleship on the 28th northwest of the Hebrides.

U 30-Atlántico Norte / AM 18 / AM 1870-U 30 is at position AM 1870 and loads its mines into the tubes.

U 32 North Sea / AN 95 - Deployment to the area of operations.

On December 30, 1939, New attack orders for the western campaign are discussed at the daily meeting of the Naval War General Staff. This is initially set for mid-January 1940.

OdM RAEDER conference with Hitler. He agreed with the opinion of the Naval Warfare General Staff that it would give the Italians no guarantee regarding safe British ports. Both parties agree that construction of a total of 316 submarines should be possible by anticipating raw material allocations before January 1, 1942.

The Naval Warfare General Staff orders that Greek ships be treated as enemy ships in the sea area from 20° West to 02° East and between 44° North and 62° North and therefore can be attacked without warning. Attacks should be carried out as unseen as possible.

German radio reconnaissance intercepts a report of an Allied sinking of a German submarine off the Spanish west coast.

The U 25 won't sail for at least a day. There are still traces of fuel.

U 30 - North Atlantic / AM 01.

U 32 - North Sea / AN 37 - Deployment to the area of operations.

On December 31, 1939, According to French sources, the B-Dienst reports that a convoy with 30 freighters, including four oil tankers, is leaving GIBRALTAR. The convoy is escorted by the French destroyers GUEPARD and VALMY.

The weather forecast indicates a very cold wave. The Kaiser Wilhelm Canal and the entrances to the Baltic are expected to freeze. If this is so, then submarine warfare will probably be affected.

U 25 - WILHELMSHAVEN / North Sea / AN - U-25 sailed from WILHELMSHAVEN for the third patrol.

U-30 - North Atlantic - AM 72 - Waiting for better weather to lay mines.

U-32 - North Sea - AN 3410 - 04:00 - four steamers in sight. Stroke. AN 4399 - 08:24 - Torpedo fired. She ran in the tube. Discarded. AN 4327 - 19:40 - steamer in sight. 19:47 - torpedo shot. Impact. The LUNA was sunk. The ship was carrying rubber, zinc and clothing from GREAT BRITAIN to NORWAY.

Sources: Fotoalbum 175 Bilder U-Boot U33 U40 TOP !!! bei eBay_de 1918-1945 (endet 09_05_09 162928 MESZ).
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KTB U-Bootwaffe. 1923 - 1938. Das Kriegstagebuch der U-Bootwaffe von Roland Berr.
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Re: 2. U-Flotille “Saltzwedel”.

Post by tigre » 13 Sep 2023 12:32

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War with Great Britain and France! 1940.

On January 1, 1940, OKW instructions of December 30, 1939 are discussed at a Naval Warfare General Staff briefing. Then according to the Führer's decision, Greek merchant ships in the restricted zone around GREAT BRITAIN declared by the US must be treated as hostile. For BRISTOL-KANAL, action is released without warning against any maritime traffic. However, the appearance of mines must always be achieved. The Naval Warfare General Staff had already given similar instructions to the BdU on December 30.

The BdU has a list of theU-boats ready for action in January:

Date - U-boat - Planned operation
* 6.1 U 44 Western Spain and Portugal. Torpedoes
11.1 U 34 Falmouth. TMC
15.1 U 31 Loch Ewe. TMC
20.1 U 41 Western Spain and Portugal. Torpedoes
22.1 U 37 Same
22.1 U 48 Not yet decided.
24.1 U 29 Bristol Channel. TMB
* 24.1 U 55 Western Spain and Portugal. Torpedoes
25.1 U 28 Portsmouth. TMB
* 25.1 U 54 Western Spain and Portugal. Torpedoes
* 31.1 U 51 Same

* New U-boats or change of C.O.

General operating considerations:

New U-boats with new commanding officers will be used as torpedo carriers to acclimate them to war conditions. The chosen areas of operations depend on the radius of action and the expected weather conditions.

Weather conditions make it necessary to look ahead and take steps to get submarines in and out through the freezing river estuaries and through the Kaiser Wilhelm Canal. The ice situation discussed with the North Station. I believe (BdU) that all available means of a waterway should be centralized under one authority, which would see that:

a) the waterway is kept open at all times
b) that tug assistance and escort are available when submarines have to pass.

The restructuring of the U-boat flotillas comes into force. Three new flotillas will be formed from the existing six flotillas. The newly formed 1. U-Flotilla arose from the previous U-Flotillas WEDDINGEN, LOHS and EMSMANN, the 2. U-Flotilla arose from the submersibles of the U-Flotillas SALTZWEDEL and HUNDIUS and the newly formed 7. U-Flotilla comprises the Submersibles of the former U-Flotilla WEGENER. The KoKp. ECKERMANN becomes head of the 1. U-Flotilla, the KoKp. HARTMANN Chief of the 2. U-Flotilla.

U 25 shows traces of fuel again. She will have to return.

U 30 North Atlantic - AM 49 - Waiting for the weather to improve to lay mines.

U 32 North Sea/Norwegian Sea - AN 22 - Underway towards operations area. AF 7870 - 10:57 - Plane sighted. Emergency dive. Two aerial bombs, undamaged.

Sources: Fotoalbum 175 Bilder U-Boot U33 U40 TOP !!! bei eBay_de 1918-1945 (endet 09_05_09 162928 MESZ).
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Die deutschen UBoot-Konstruktionsbüros.Rössler, Eberhard
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KTB U-Bootwaffe. 1923 - 1938. Das Kriegstagebuch der U-Bootwaffe von Roland Berr.
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Post by tigre » 20 Sep 2023 13:45

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War with Great Britain and France! 1940.

On January 2, 1940, the Naval Warfare General Staff advises on the construction of special types of submarines. In detail, these are tanker submarines (U-tanker) on the one hand and minelayer submarines on the other. The technical reference points for the U-tankers are as follows: Size 1,600 t, payload 400 t of fuel, plus 62 t of lubricating oil, drinking water, spare parts, etc. No torpedoes, no ammunition. Range (160 t of fuel) 10,000 NM at 10 knots. Maximum continuous speed 12-13 knots, underwater 6 knots. Armament 2 x 3.7 cm, 1 x 2 cm, crew of 51. The decision on construction is only scheduled for March 1940, the first complete submarines will be delivered in 1941. From the point of view of the Naval Warfare General Staff, Awarding a construction contract too early would result in too great a loss in combat U-boats production. In the case of minelayer boats, the final construction of the three ships that are already under construction is decided. For the completion of six minelayer submarines, a deficit of nine torpedo submarines must be expected. The TMA type mines planned for use are also currently not suitable for use on the front.

Following a REUTER report on the sale of eight American freighters to a Norwegian company and their planned deployment between NEW YORK, BOSTON and LONDON, the Naval Warfare General Staff considers an intensification of the trade war against Norwegian ships necessary.

The BdU received approval from the OKM, which would guarantee ice-free entry and exit routes for submarines through the use of Linienschiffen (Schleswig-Holstein type). The North Station will request the Supreme Navy Command for the old battleships to provide ice assistance on the Elbe, where conditions are most difficult, especially off Brunsbüttel. The North Frisian Command has been tasked with breaking the ice on the Elbe and the naval shipyard with breaking the ice on the Jade. The Baltic Station has taken similar measures for the Baltic independently.

U 30 - North Atlantic - AM 84 - Waiting for the weather to improve to lay mines.

U 32 - North Sea - AF 77 - On the way to the area of operations, without any special incidents.

Sources: Fotoalbum 175 Bilder U-Boot U33 U40 TOP !!! bei eBay_de 1918-1945 (endet 09_05_09 162928 MESZ).
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KTB U-Bootwaffe. 1923 - 1938. Das Kriegstagebuch der U-Bootwaffe von Roland Berr.
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War with Great Britain and France! 1940.

03 January 1940 The Naval Warfare General Staff is assessing reports on convoy traffic in the DOWNS and has concluded that neither British nor neutral ships have experienced a decline in numbers.

The FdU WEST urges the competent authorities to proceed more forcefully against the icing of the ELBE, JADE and Kaiser Wilhelm Kanal as this threatens to paralyze submarine warfare.

U 30 - North Atlantic / BF 11 - No incidents.

U 32 - North Sea / AE 98 - Marching towards the operations area.

On January 4, 1940 Nothing to report. The BdU receives the request from the Naval Warfare General Staff to begin planning another joint operation of submarines and surface units. The date is scheduled for the end of January. DÖNITZ does not consider implementation before January 30 to be realistic due to the duration of the submarines' seven-day outbound voyage.

U 30 - North Atlantic - AM 88 - Nothing to report.

U 32 - North Sea - AM 33 - On the way to the operations area.

On January 5, 1940, in a briefing by the head of the Naval Warfare General Staff, the earliest date for another combined operation of submarines and surface units was set for January 25, 1940. The objective of the operation is to combat the convoys between NORWAY and the SHETLANDS. At the same meeting, DÖNITZ presented his plans for January. For the North Sea operational area, these provide for the deployment of U 15, U 19, U 20 and U 24 in the sea area off BATTRAY HEAD and between NEWCASTLE and FIRTH OF FORTH between 05 and 07 from January. On January 9, U 23 is scheduled to sail to the area around the SHETLANDS and ORKNEYS. Starting January 8, U 60 and U 34 will be available for special tasks. Other submersibles that will be ready on January 12 are U 57, U 59 and U 61, and as of January 20, U 13, U 21 and U 22 are expected to be ready. Two more submersibles will be deployed in the ATLANTIC area around January 6, U 25 and U 44. Between January 20 and 25, U 37, U 41, U 48, U 51, U 54 and U 55 will be ready. For barrier operations in February, U 34 will be ahead of ST. ANTHONY HEAD, U 31 ahead of LOCH EWE, U 38 ahead of SWANSEA and U 28 ahead of PORTSMOUTH.

In a telex, the BdU pointed out to the Naval Warfare General Staff the intolerable delays in the supply of submarines by the shipyards. Delays caused by lack of workers, technical and organizational errors, and negligence range from two days to two months. The BdU proposes immediate countermeasures. The Naval Warfare General Staff fully agrees with this suggestion and considers that the solution to the problems is urgently necessary.

The Naval Warfare General Staff is assured by several reports that the British have further secured the access routes to SCAPA FLOW against penetration by German submarines with another 20 steamships sunk.

All submarines at sea are informed by the FdU WEST about the replacement of light buoys with winter navigation marks.

U 30 - North Atlantic - AM 68 - Nothing to report.

U 32 - North Sea - AM 64 - On the way to the operations area.

Sources: Fotoalbum 175 Bilder U-Boot U33 U40 TOP !!! bei eBay_de 1918-1945 (endet 09_05_09 162928 MESZ).
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Post by tigre » 04 Oct 2023 13:26

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War with Great Britain and France! 1940.

On January 6, 1940, German radio reconnaissance detected two British convoys. At noon, one is 200 nm west of CABO VILLANO, the other 350 nm west of BERLENGAS. In addition, news is received of the alleged torpedoing of the British tanker BRITISH LIBERTY off Dunkirk. The German submarine in question is said to have been attacked by French forces. Since no German submarine operates there, the Naval Warfare General Staff assumes the ship hit a mine.

The German Naval Attaché in MADRID reports that on January 5, 1940 at 11:00 p.m., a presumably French armed auxiliary cruiser entered the port of VIGO and surrounded and illuminated the German tanker NORDATLANTIK moored there. The action was probably not noticed by the Spanish authorities.

The BdU receives an assessment of the warning area off the British east coast from the Naval Warfare General Staff. One concludes that it must continue to be limited to an observation of the situation by the Luftwaffe and the submarines. Minelaying operations on the east coast of BRITAIN must continue resolutely. In addition, DÖNITZ receives authorization for the full use of weapons by submarines against Greek ships between 61° and 56° north and 4°W and 0°. However, mine strike fiction is always desirable. The Naval Warfare General Staff thus combines significantly improved chances of success for the German submarines operating there. On the same day, the BdU gives the order to its U-boats: "Greek merchant ships must be treated as oil tankers, that is, in accordance with the new standing order 121 Section 5 first objectives. Strive to go unnoticed."

German tanker NORDMEER enters VIGO.

U 30 Queens Channel - AM 6881 - 04:00 - discovered by destroyer. Submerged. AM 6892 - 08:00 - 18:30 On the bottom at 50 m. AM 9324 - 23:00 - 12 mines placed in Queens Channel. Position: 53°30' - 53°32' North - 03°25' - 03°20' West. Finalized. She began the return march.

U 32 North Channel - AN 6430 - 00:00 - 08:30 Submerged navigation through the Outer Clyde. Good weather, beacon dimmed. 08:30 - 19:00 - Submerged. On the bottom. She then marches towards Enge Cumbrae. Fog, visibility 100 - 200 m, many patrols, impossible to place mines. She marches towards Ailsa Craig.

On January 7, 1940, radio intelligence (B-Dienst) reported a convoy heading west off CHERBOURG at 07:00.

Following the sinking of the British submarine UNDINE west of HELGOLAND, FdU WEST keeps a submarine commander, a chief engineer and a submarine diver ready to assist with the rescue of the UNDINE.

Thick ice continues to hamper the operations of German submarines during entry and exit from their bases.

U 30 Irish Sea - AM 92 - On return trip, without any special incidents. There is no traffic in front of Dublin.

U 32 Firth of Clyde - AM 6518 - 01:32 - 02:32 8 mines laid east of Ailsa Craig. Position: 55°12.6' - 55°06' North - 05°14.6' - 05°28.5' West. 09:40 - 18:30. Underwater withdrawal.

Sources: Fotoalbum 175 Bilder U-Boot U33 U40 TOP !!! bei eBay_de 1918-1945 (endet 09_05_09 162928 MESZ).
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http://www.ubootarchiv.de/ubootwiki/index.php/1939
KTB U-Bootwaffe. 1923 - 1938. Das Kriegstagebuch der U-Bootwaffe von Roland Berr.
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