theme: kriegsmarine

The Bismarck never surrendered. Her colours still flew high, were still flying when the Dorsetshire closed in on the silent, lifeless ship and torpedoed three times from close range. Almost at once she heeled far over to port, her colours dipping into the water, then turned bottom up and slid beneath the waves, silent except for the furious hissing and bubbling as the waters closed over the red hot steel of the superstructure.—  Alistair MacLean, The Lonely Sea

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where was the Kriegsmarine on D-Day? (and what did it do)

One Japanese Nakajima E8N1 “Dave” was in service onboard the Kriegsmarine auxiliary cruiser “Orion”. The fuselage insignias were overpainted with fictitious RAF roundels and white serial number L-5196 to confuse the British Royal Navy.

On May 26th, 1941, there was an accident during take-off, and the E8N1, with pilot Oblt. zur See Klaus von Winterfeld and observer Oberflugmeister Pässler, sunk in a position east of Madagascar at coordinates 18°52’ S and 51°06’ O.

This well-known photograph of KL Otto Kretschmer in 1940 shows him wearing the captured British denim battledress uniform, found to be so practical as seagoing wear that the Kriegsmarine soon copied it closely. Kretschmer was awarded the Knight’s Cross on 4 August 1940 as commander of U-99, and the Oakleaves that November; the Swords were only presented to him in British captivity, so this photograph has clearly been retouched to show them - a not uncommon practice on wartime propaganda postcards. Note that in this shot Kretschmer wears an ordinary seaman’s boarding cap.

Photo and caption featured in Osprey Elite • 132 German Commanders of World War II (2) Waffen-SS, Luftwaffe & Navy by Gordon Williamson • Illustrated by Malcolm McGregor