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Because it was fun, I was tagged by @firebrand-aus-der-asche and @whispers-of-the-past again and so I have to tell eleven further facts about me. Thank you guys.

Rules: Tell your followers 11 random facts about yourself and tag 11 people. Tag backs are allowed but if you do get tagged again you must not repeat any of the facts you mentioned in the previous round. The facts can be absolutely anything, whatever comes to mind first.


♦ I love Penne all’arrabbiata. The spicier the better.
♦ I can speak very fast.
♦ It’s very hard for me to remember my friends birthdays.
♦ I don’t use makeup very often, but I like to varnish my nails on occasions.
♦ Summer is a nice season, but if it’s too hot my cardiovascular collapse.
♦ One of my two grandfathers was in the german navy in WW2 and he was on one of the tenders that escorted the Gustloff, while his girlfriend at this time was a nurse on the Gustloff. I heard of this from my father at the time I was reading Günter Grass’ novel “Im Krebsgang”, in which the sinking of the ship was thematised.
♦ I don’t like my body, except my eyes, my hands and my hair.
♦ There is a true to original skull from the Bone Church of Kutná Hora lying on my bed stand.
♦ The most of people guess my age around five, six years younger than I am.
♦ The first historical person I have drawn, was Manfred von Richthofen.
♦ At my funeral I wish they play my favourite humorous sketch of Herricht & Preil.


I won’t tag anyone - but if someone like to do it, feel free. Sending a virtual hug to all of you great people ♥

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The Battle of the Doppelgangers,

When World War I broke out, it was not uncommon for navies on both sides to commission civilian ships for military use, either as transports or warships.  One sneaky move was to arm civilian ships, especially passenger liners, to trick the enemy.  Such ships could use the element of surprise to attack an enemy who believes the ship is nothing more than an unarmed civilian vessel. 

In 1914 the German Navy armed the passenger liner Cap Trafalgar with two four inch guns and six 37mm autocannon.  In addition the Cap Trafalgar was disguised to look like a similar British Cunard line passenger liner called the RMS Carmania.  The idea was that the Cap Trafalgar could approach British merchant and supply convoys with little suspicion of being a German warship.  When the convoy least expected it, the Cap Trafalgar would open fire and destroy the convoy.

On September 14th, 1914 the Cap Trafalgar was discovered off the coast of Brazil by the British passenger liner RMS Carmania.   The Carmania was likewise armed to raid German merchant convoys, and was disguised as the Cap Trafalgar just as the Cap Trafalgar had been disguised as the Carmania.  For 90 minutes the two doppelgangers battled each other in a gunnery duel, often at ranges no more than 200 yards.  During the battle the real Carmania took the most hits and suffered heavy damage.  After being struck with 72 shells her bridge was completely destroyed and she sustained hull ruptures under her waterline.  However the real Cap Trafalgar suffered mortal damage and sank into the ocean, taking 51 German sailors with her.  The rest of the German crew, 279 men altogether, were captured by the British.

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UB-110 was a Type III U-boat. It was sank on July 19th 1918, was probably the last u-boat sank during world war one. Twenty three of her thirty one crew died during her destruction. On October 4th 1918 she was raised from her watery grave and sold for scrap metal. 

These pictures were taken just prior to her being broken up for scrap. They show the cramped conditions on board that the crew had endured.