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How the idea about Scapa Flow came?
On September 18, 1939 the BdU exposed his idea about an attack in Scapa Flow to Admiral Raeder, the Grand Admiral gave his approval but said that there should not be an action of laying mines.
On September 26, 1939 Dönitz received new aerial photographs of the bay and examining every inch, he saw three accesses were fully insured, but the access from the north posed a possibility of infiltration for a submersible. The task was risky because in addition to the security measures, in the area took place powerful tidal currents which could exceed 10 knots (submerged submarine reached 7 knots).
On September 29, 1939 at 09:30 hours U 14 returned to Kiel with the valuable information that the admiral was expecting. The Kaleun reported that the area east of Scapa Flow was constantly monitored by fixed guards, aircraft and groups of three to four destroyers on A / S mission and should be counted the ships had tracking equipment. However Wellner added that due to the strong currents in the area they would lose effectiveness.
On Sunday, October 1, 1939 after lunch Dönitz cited three officers to his office, Krv Kp Ernst Sobe (Flotilla Commander), kplt. Horst Wellner (U 14) and kplt. Günther Prien (U 47) to discuss the issue (SONDERUNTERNEHMEN "P"). Despite having 48 hours Prien accepted the mission the next day October 2, 1939 and on October 8, 1939 at 11:00 hours U 47 (Kplt. Günther Prien; IWO Oblt z S. Endraß, Engelbert; IIWO Oblt z S. Varendorff von, Amelung; LI Oblt z S. Wessels, Johann-Friedrich; OStrm Spahr, Wilhelm) sailed from Kiel and navigating through the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Kanal with wind 7, headed to the North Sea, the rest is history ......
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Husarenstück in Scapa Flow. Die Versenkung der Royal Oak durch U-47 in Scapa Flow. http://www.seekrieg.de
Prien Greift An. Wolfgang Frank.
Cheers. Raúl M
Serás lo que debas ser o no serás nada. General José de San Martín.