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Commando operation in kayak against the railroad of Murmansk 1942.
The operation was carried out by the "Company Trommsdorf" which on August 2, 1942 was renamed as "15. (le) Kompanie Brandenburg Lehrregiment z.b.V. 800". The commanding officer of this action was Oberleutnant Hettinger.
The raid began on August 18, 1942 with three (3) teams of 15 men each starting from Kairala on folding kayaks with outboard engines moving eastward. Every 2 boats were tied together. Two thirds of the soldiers were Germans, the rest were Russians and Finns. The weapons consisted of pistols-machine guns (German, Russian and Finnish) and machine guns. The soldiers wore Russians uniforms, rubber boots, camouflage jackets, daggers, but no identification nor holsters nor badges. The leaders of the three teams were the German lieutenants Sölder and Gutweniger and the Finn Sundquist.
After a journey of 160 km through hostile terrain was reached the Murmansk railway. On August 14, 1942 were placed and blasted 14 explosive charges, blowing up 2 trains through the air. However, the Russians managed to repair the damage at high speed - military success of the operation was marginal. Following on August 29, 1942, the Brandenburgers reached the Finnish lines east of Lake Seyeminki again. A man had fallen, the German radio operator of the commander of the Finnish team. As a burial was impossible, the body was hid "naked between two large stone blocks", as described by Gutweniger.
Leutnant Willy Gutweniger was commander of one of three teams, Sepp Walkner his deputy, Unteroffizier Ludwig Mundigl also belonged to his unit.
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