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At random: "I saw the submariners, the way they stood aloof and silent, watching their pigboat with loving eyes. They are alone in the Navy. I admired the PT boys. And I often wondered how the aviators had the courage to go out day after day and I forgave their boasting. But the submariners! In the entire fleet they stand apart!” -- James Michener
A terrible submarine statistic...
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whalen
Posted 2020-05-06 3:20 PM (#97641)


Great Sage of the Sea

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Location: Citrus County FL
Subject: A terrible submarine statistic...

MV Wilhelm Gustloff was a German armed military transport ship which was sunk on 30 January 1945 by Soviet submarine S-13 in the Baltic Sea while evacuating German civilian refugees from East Prussia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Estonia and military personnel from Gotenhafen (Gdynia) as the Red Army advanced. By one estimate, 9,400 people died, which makes it the largest loss of life in a single ship sinking in history.

rover177
Posted 2020-05-07 1:27 PM (#97650 - in reply to #97641)
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Location: Wollongong, NSW
Subject: RE: A terrible submarine statistic...

The Gustloff had made previous trips carrying soldiers; it was a legitimate target.  S-13 was inshore of the ship; the CO had had difficulties with his bosses.
Marinesko was about to lose his job - too radical for the High Command but this sinking turned him into a hero.  My wife previously lived in Marinesko Street in St Petersburg, Stalin era street of apartment blocks.
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