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; a little amendment to this topic ........................
German U Boats in Ponta Delgada 1937.
On January 11, 1937. The U 28 (Kplt. Wilhelm Ambrosius, IWO Oblt z. S. Fritz-Julius Lemp) and U 35 (Kplt. Hans-Rudolf Rösing, IWO Oblt z. S. Otto Kretschmer) sailed from Wilhelmshaven towards the Azores (Ponta Delgada), returning to their port of origin on February 3, 1937 after 23 days at sea.
by tigre » Fri Jun 20, 2014 6:02 am. Actually it was not that way......
On about 06 December 1936, Rösing was given temporary command of U 35 for a planned patrol in Spanish waters starting in January 1937; this patrol was canceled. Instead, a trip to Ponta Delgada in the Azores was undertaken, with U 28 (under temporary command of Hans-Günther Looff), which left Wilhelmshaven on 11 January 1937 and returned on 3 February 1937. Besides Oblt. z. S. Dietrich von der Ropp was temporarily on board of U 35 at the request of Kaleun Hans-Rudolf Rösing for the patrol to Ponta Delgada (Azores). After this patrol, he reported back to U 11 (Rösing was the Kaleun of U 11 at that time so he brought his WO with him).
Rösing recalled: This was to be the first time that the boats had been into the Atlantic. I took over from Michahelles, as Dönitz was of the opinion that Michahelles had not enough experience therefore one of the "old horses" was put in. At that time there was a civil war in Spain and our two submarines were initially to be sent to the Spanish waters, but we were sent to the Azores instead. We made the first experiences in really heavy weather. We had a Force 11 to 12 and then we found out what excellent seagoing ships these submarines were. And when it was too wet we could go down and relax.
Of course, as usual, I was seasick. I used to be seasick for the first two days in the cruise. But later on I was okay. Normally I never did anything about it, in the war of course I took medicine.
Sources: KTB U-Bootwaffe. 1923 - 1938. Das Kriegstagebuch der U-Bootwaffe von Roland Berr. http://ktb.ubootwaffe.net/
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A little query: What happened with Ambrosius and Michahelles? Did they went aboard during that patrol or not? TIA. Cheers. Raúl M
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