Hello to all
With the "Friedenau" to Norway 1940.
Before all of us, a large part of the company had already gone to bed to sleep, we could understand what was really happening, a torpedo hit our ship. A violent explosion, splinters and a crash, a tremor runs through the ship. The aft deck, where the torpedo hit, immediately sank a few meters. The violence of the explosion threw boards and hatches. Many comrades were thrown to the ground. Everything happened at once, a second torpedo hits us with great precision and tears the central part of the ship. Everything flies, the superstructure of the ship collapsed, the water entered through the rear hatch, which was underwater in a short time, flooded the aft deck, which will soon sink into the depths of the sea.
Many comrades are killed or injured by splinters. Despite this desperate situation, there is no panic. From the bridge, an order echoed on the deck: "All men on board, save yourselves!"
Then everything happens very fast. Inflatable boats, boards and planks are thrown into the water, lifeboats are driven away and now comrades jump into the North Sea, because that was the last possible resource, our "Friedenau" with two torpedoes could not last long. Around the sinking ship, brown dots with life jackets appear everywhere, swimming towards the inflatable boats, planks, hay bales and straw to hold on to. They scream for help over the freezing water.
Our "Friedenau", mortally beaten, rises, creaks and breaks, the great mast collapses. The bow deck rises abruptly in midair. Steam hisses, the boiler explodes. And you can still see comrades on the ship who may have lost their nerves or can't make up their minds or can't jump due to their injuries.
All those already in the water move away from the sinking ship so as not to be dragged by the suction. No one can really tell the scenes of camaraderie that took place in the water, how one comrade helped another, the swimmer to the non-swimmer, the strongest helping the weakest. It goes without saying that it was simply a duty of comrades and soldiers.
Six minutes after it was hit by the two torpedoes, our "Friedenau" plunges abruptly into the depths with all our equipment, our vehicles, 104 horses, our food and, what is more bitter, good companions. The "Wigbert" is still afloat and takes 21 minutes to sink.
The "Friedenau" going down...........................................
Sources: https://www.historisches-marinearchiv.d ... /graef.php
https://www.wwiidaybyday.com/kstn/glied ... pril40.htm
http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Gli ... /IR340.htm
https://www.historisches-marinearchiv.d ... e_value=76
Cheers. Raúl M
Serás lo que debas ser o no serás nada. General José de San Martín.