Käpt'n Korky

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  1. I think it's obvious, but could be wrong, so I'm curious now what dmnt will say. ^^
  2. Cheers @Wellington99. Your question got chosen. Congratulations. Here's the link. Tell us what you think, fellow captains and captainettes.
  3. *sends a written warning to all the axis, dutch and spanish Walküren*
  4. Primarily: A joke inside. Secondarily: Reminder how Italy sacked Libya, while the british army was stuck in Palestine sands.
  5. Albrecht Brandi – One out of two Albrecht Brandi was born on 20th of June 1914 in Dortmund. Son to Ernst Brandi, infamous for his support of the NSDAP since 1931 at least, contributing several times to the NSDAP before they came to power. His uncle Karl Brandi was a famous historian whose contribution and influence to the nazi ideology is highly debated. So it comes to no surprise, what Albrecht did when he graduated from school. 1st April 1935, right after graduation, Albrecht Brandi joined the Reichssmarine and successfully became Offiziersanwärter (officer aspirant, OA). This showcases his wealthy origin, since to enter the officer school directly after school, especially the navy one, came at a cost and origin mattered. Most “worker sons” had to work their way up through the ranks. Only 2 months later the Reichsmarine would be renamed into Kriegsmarine. Brandi underwent soldier basic Training in Stralsund and maritime basic training aboard the Gorch Fock. After that he participated in the last training cruise around the world of the cruiser Karlsruhe as a Seekadett (seacadet). (Maybe she will get a Walküre? Her sister does.) June 1936 he started his officer training courses in Flensburg-Mürwik (where in May 1945 the Dönitz government of defeated Germany would reside). He was promoted to Fähnrich zur See (zur See, z.S. = at sea) during his time at the academy. Those courses continued for a year until he was assigned as third officer of the watch/deck on the minesweeper M 125 on the 2nd Juli 1937. The M1 and the outbreak of WW2 On the 2nd Oct 1937 he was assigned to the minesweeper M 1. He was promoted there to Oberfähnrich z.S. and later Leutnant z. S. both in 1938. A week prior to WWII M 1 moved marines, from the base in Memel to the Warship Schleswig-Holstein. Those marines would attempt to take the Westernplatte after the infamouas initial shelling. At the outbreak of the war M 1 was assigned for duty in the Danziger Bucht (Danzig bay, Zatoka Gdanza). The M 1 was relocated to the North sea already on 1st Oct. 1939. Also on the 1st of October 1939 Brandi was promoted to Oberleutnant z. S. On the 24th Feb 1940 the M 1 spotted and sank four neutral Danish fishing ships without warning by ramming near the Doggerbank. 16 danish fishermen died. Captain Bartels told the german command they weren’t saved because of “military reasons”. Becoming a U-Boot commander On the 25th of May 1940 Brandi was given command of the M 1 and carried out escort missions for nearly completed german submarines. Those missions gave him the idea to apply as U-Boot commander. After a first denial he was finally accepted in April 1941 and reassigned to the U-Boot fleet. He was commissioned as a U-Boot officer in December 1941. His first assignment on a U-Boot was as Kommandantenschüler (Commander-in-training) on the U-552, the “Teufelsboot” or “red devil”. Depending on which side of the torpedo tube you were looking at. His Kapitän was Erich Topp, who lived up to his name, being one of the top U-Boot commanders. Topp sank the first US warship in 1941, the USS Reuben James, and later became an Admiral in the Bundesmarine. Look him up, he’s got a good story even after the war. Brandis first mission on U-552 was participating in a patrol near the Azores, but before they reached the area new orders were given to patrol the Canadian coast. Since they were initially headed for the more warm and mild Azores they had no winter clothing or similar equipment and the U-Boot wasn’t prepared, not even with detailed maps of the area around Canada. And it was January 1942. Nontheless they sank two ships before returning back to base at St. Nazaire. First assignment – U617 On January 28th 1942 he was stationed in Hamburg with the U-617. The boat was finally commissioned in Kiel on the 9th of April 1942. His U-Boot showed a raging bull on the tower. Already on his first journey from Kiel to the mission harbor in St. Nazaire he sunk 4 ships in the western approaches. His first victim was the Faroer ship TorII on September 7th. On October 1st he was promoted to Kapitänleutnant (shortened KaLeu, Lieutenant commander) before reaching France on October 8th and receiving the U-Boot war badge. In November 1942 he carried out his second patrol into the Mediterranean sea, for which he had to break through the strait of Gibraltar. And because that wasn’t easy enough he did on November the 8th 1942, when Operation Torch started. He was spotted, although submerged, by a british plane and water bombarded. The two bombs missed entirely. On November the 19th Brandi attacked a british naval task force. After firing four torpedos, Brandi found himself hunted by several destroyers who waterbombed him for 4 hours. He reached La Spezia unharmed on the 28th of November 1942. Then came his third patrol between 1942 and 1943. He patrolled the coast of Lybia. He had a three hour long encounter with a british submarine, but after none of them could get into a proper firing position, U-617 dived away. He was credited with the sinking of 8 ships and 1 destroyer. For that reason he was awarded the Knight’s cross of the iron cross. On his fourth patrol he sunk among other ships the HMS Welshman, which was very inconvenient for the royal navy since it played a crucial role in securing Malta. On his fifth patrol he claimed to have sunk a light cruiser and a destroyer and was awarded the oak leaves to the knight’s cross on his return to port on 11th April 1943. On his sixth patrol he only spotted the british aircraft carrier HMS Illurtrous and HMS Formidable, but couldn’t attack. On his seventh patrol he eventually lost U-617. After he had sunk the destroyer HMS Puckeridge off the Moroccan coast, he was spotted by the RAF. He managed to shoot down one of two aircrafts, but had to beach U-617 near the Spanish coast. The entire crew managed to reach spain in rubber rafts or swimming. They were interned in Cadiz, but returned to Germany in November 1943. New U-Boote and ashore but one out of two Back in Germany Brandi became commander of U-380 On it’s only patrol with Brandi U-380 sank no enemy ships. He also ran aground because of miscalculated navigation. His superiors were dissatisfied with his performance and U-380 was lost in another USAAF attack on March 11th 1944, just when it was fully equipped and ready to leave port in the next 24h. 3 crewmen died. In April 1944 Brandi became commander of the U-967. He only patrolled once in May with it, but managed to sink the USS Fechteler. For this he got the swords to his Knight’s cross with oak leaves. He was the last sailor to receive it. He also was promoted to Korvettenkapitän (commander). After a stay in hospital, he was reassigned ashore in July 1944. He was appointed to the U-Bootkommando Ostsee (U-Boot command Baltic sea) and was in charge of submarine operations in the Gulf of Finland. He was so successful with his planning, he became awarded the diamonds to his knight’s cross. Making him one of only two navy personnel who have ever been awarded with it. Brandi was then promoted to Fregattenkapitän (Captain) and transferred on the 18th Dec 1944 to Ijmuiden, Netherlands where he was Chief commander of the “Marinekleinkampfverbände” (naval small battle units, navy divers and small subs). He surrendered his units and command to Canadian forces on the 6th of May 1945. Post war After the war he settled in his hometown of Dortmund. He became an architect in Dortmund, Essen und Saudi-Arabia and even became chairman of the german architect association. Eventually karma catched up (for killing the Danish fishermen) and he died 1966 from a sudden illness in Cologne of all places. He was buried at the Hauptfriedhof Dortmund. I took the pic yesterday. On the funeral one of his fellow officer-in-training crewmembers said about him “Er war ein Ritter ohne Furcht und Tadel” (“He was a knight without fear and failings.”). His grave is as unimpressive as I expected when I looked for it yesterday. U-380 showed a big four-leaf-clover on it’s tower and U-967 a white crest with a four-leaf-clover painted over a black „7“. If you have any additional informations or questions about Brandi, please feel free to add it to this topic. The next famous german Kriegsmarine navy person born in Dortmund is a bit of a big fish. He was an Admiral who participated in both World Wars. So I will probably will make it at least a two post piece. One until 193X and the other until his death. He's the last of three navy members born in Dortmund I could find easily. So I will either dig deeper when he is done or switch to something else than Kriegsmarine navy members.
  6. @Legate of Mineta Most honourable Legate, may I make a suggestion to pin this thread permanently as the first in this sub-forum? It's incredibly useful but always moving around. That's bothersome I think. Best regards, KKorky
  7. Credits to @Wellington99 for mentioning it to me. A german WWI U-Boot was found near Oostende, Belgium. Reports state it's largely intact and the remains of the 23 crewmen are probably aboard. It is uncertain if it can be lifted and their remains put to a dry rest. In german. ABC. BBC. The exact location is not revealed to prevent looting. Which reminds me of the time the Kriegsgräberfürsorge found a massgrave of more than 100 german soldiers in Russia. With the help of locals. When they came back twoo weeks later to finally identify and bury the remains..... they were very much looted. 80% stayed unidentified because of that.
  8. Good day ladies and gentlemen, as some of you might have noticed I'm from the beautiful .... the city of Dortmund, germany. Please check wikipedia for further information ont he city and it's WWII history. Some other might also have read my rant about "no KMS Dortmund" in the Gneisenau thread. And finally @Wellington99 asked me about german names regarding a fanfic project. So I thought: Were there any prominent naval officers from Dortmund? And the answer is yes. And maybe other interesting figures in the 1930's to 1940's? And again: Yes. Starting today I will give relatively short biographies of those ladies and gentlemen. And I'll start with THE most german named man anyone can ever come accross: Heinz Stahlschmidt - The Bordeaux Chorlitz (later Henri Salmide) Heinz was born on November 13th 1919 in Dortmund. As a young man he learned plumber before he joined the Kriegsmarine in 1939, where he became a demolition and explosion expert. He specialised in defusing British mines. He was sunk three times during the war, but survived. For that reason he was given a landbased post 1941 in the harbour of Bordeaux and an entry on the honourlist of the Kriegsmarine. When the western allies arrived in France after D-Day and it became clear they would not be pushed back into the ocean, the German high command ordered the port of Bordeaux to be destroyed. As member of the demolition squad Boatswain/ Petty officer Heinz Stahlschmidt got the orders. On August the 26th 1944 the port of Bordeaux was to be blown up, estimating about 3,500 casualties among the French who lived there. Faced with that order Heinz decided to not only defy it, but to save the city. He knew very well where and how the explosives were stored, so he send the guard away on the 22nd and blew up all explosives the Germans had in one grand explosion that shook the whole city. About 50 German soldiers died and Heinz was immediately searched for by the Gestapo and military police. He was marked a traitor who was to be arrested or shot on sight. Heinz survived thanks to some resistance contacts from his love and later wife. They hid him even after the war was over, because when the French took over the city the French police and military police searched for him as well. He was a German and had served in the German occupation army after all. He later became a naturalised French with the adopted name of Henri Salmide in 1947. In Germany he was branded a traitor after the war (keep in mind the people and families of the people of the Stauffenberg conspiracy were also traitors to the german republic way until the mid 1980’s). He was stricken from the honourlist of the Kriegsmarine and not relisted after the war and also did not receive any soldier pension. He was stricken out of the people who could receive it because of treachery. In France he joined the port firebrigade of Bordeaux (how fitting, I know) but received no credit for his deed, because the resistance took all the credit. Only in 1990 his story began to surface when a local French newspaper reported about his actions in 1944. He was later acknowledged as the saviour of Bordeaux and became a member of the French Legion of honour in 2000 for 23 years of civil service. The main building of the Bordeaux harbour was named after him in 2012. Also a small street the “Rue Henri Salmide” near the submarine base of Bordeaux was named after him. He reportedly visited germany only one time again in 2001. To the city of Dortmund, natürlich. About the events in 1944 he said, “It was the best thing I ever did in my life.” Henri Salmide died on the 23rd of February 2010 in Bordeaux and was buried there. For further information people fluent in French can read the book “Bordeaux brûle-t-il?” by Dominique Lormier. 17 pages of that book are about him. @Cuirassé_Richelieu
  9. To add to your amusement: I first thought "What does a hen have to do with all of it?" Because "Dame Gluck" sounds like "Glucke" which is another word for "Henne" - hen in english. I was totally confused and stunned for a moment, but read on. Until I remembered a curious thing about the german Terry Pratchett translations. Mr. Pratchett has "The lady" as a character and it's "Lady luck". In the german version "The lady" still exists as "The Lady" but the reader has to unpuzzle for him- or herself the equality of "lady = luck", because the easy bridge from "The lady" to "lady luck" does not exist. And then I remembered a Ray Charles song which mentions lady luck and boom! Realisation.... It sounds long but was a matter of seconds once the insight hit me.
  10. I assumed we both know where the namechange came from. I just wanted to show the different legal consequences.
  11. Since I know what the Kriegsmarine pays I have no need for Pfennige. So I have no desire for 3. (Also it would violate Wheatons law. I don't care it doesn't exist technically in '39) Option 2 is totally untrue. I wouldn't shy away from a gamble with any of the ladies if I suspect there's fun to be had and nobody gets hurt. Option 1 it is. My U-29 sense tingles. And there is absolutely no "Dame Glück" in german. Not on wikipedia, not in the Duden and even google delivers random stuff about luck and ladies but no coherent result. In german you say "Das Glück ist mir hold." Or "Fortuna/Das Glück lacht mir." But in the context of the game Lebi could have heard it from Nevada and transferred it into german. So it's okay in my book.
  12. This thread is a response to a request by @Wellington99 in the discord chat. The request paraphrased: "I need two german names for figures in a fanfic. One has to be specific a "Junkers" or a Prussian kind of name. The best example I know is if a brit had the last name Windsor or Tudor, or Platangenet, or was like Pendragon or Ivanhoe. Regal/name belonging to famous teutonic knight or something. And it must begin with an "S"." So I thought I provide a list of all regal names since Karl der Große/Charlemagne/Charles the great. I will also mention a few heroes and list all "sub-german" names, meaning the kings of kingdoms inside the german empire which was ruled by the (holy-roman) kaiser. Also all Highmasters of the Ordo Teutonicus. Better known names are fat, non german names are striked out. But first of all some nagging (not relevant, really. I'm just a dirty nagger.): Imperial regal names in mostly historical order: Karolin Konrad Liudolfing (sometimes called Ottonen, because of the lot of Ottos in their ranks) Salium (hence the "salic law" from the spoiler) Supplinburg Staufen Welfen Habsburg Nassau Luxemburg Wittelsbach Habsburg-Lothringen Hohenzollern German "hero" names are mostly without family name. But it's possible to use a forename as a familyname. In no specific order: Siegfried, Widukind, Teut(-oburg), Odon, Billung Minor regals: Kingdom of Bohemia: Przemysl, Luxemburg, Jagellion, Habsburg Kingdom of Saxony: Wettin Kingdom of Bavaria: Wittelsbach Kingdom of Prussia: Hohenzollern Kingdom of Württemberg: Württemberg (but most people don't realise it's the regal name, because the name of the country actually came from the name of the lords, later kings and that's unusual with countries. With cities it's a lot more common.) Familynames of the Highmasters of the OT as far as I could find one: Walpot, (von) Kerpen, (von) Thüna/ (von) Tunna, (von) Salza (!preferrably for a nazi-by-heart figure), Ludowing, Malberg, Hohenlohe, (von) Wüllersleben, (von) Wertheim, (von) Sangershausen, (von) Heldrungen, (von) Oeren, (von) Braunschweig, (von) Altenburg, Dusemer, (von) Kniprode, Zollner, (von) Wallenrode, Jungingen, (von) Plauen, Küchmeister, (von) Rusdorf, (von) Richtenberg, Truchseß von Wetzhausen, Kronberg, Schutzbar, Hund(t), (von) Bobenhausen, (von) Westernhausen, (von) Stadion, (von) Ampringen), von der Pfalz, Vaudémont\Lothringen; also Habsburg, Wittelsbach and Hohenzollern. If you want additional names from lesser, but well known nobles or from a specific time or want a name which goes well or contradicts with a charater trait, feel free to ask.
  13. Philip the 2nd of Spain and a bunch of other countries (and to some rightfully of England) used a wheelchair in public. He had gout when he grew old. According to wiki since 1595. He also used glasses in public, when reading something. Both a first for a monarch in europe. I think in fanfic you can take a "special case" stand, because it's probably a technology which is available, but uncommon and not used in the way, we use it today. I also know of pictures from the ancient rome and some medieval places where people without legs were depicted in a little four wheeled box. They seemed to pull themselves forward with sticks or heavy metal tools. Although I admit the most famous depiction I know are two cartoon characters. One is in the spoiler below to the right.
  14. Let's sea. How many major fleets? Japan, Germany, England, USA, Italy, France, Soviet Union.... did I miss one? No? Seven then? Seven fleets... and seven armies.... hm... I think I just found the Morgana anthem: For the anglophones (mostly the "Common"wealth): For the french (en anglais, excusez-moi) Why Italy, why? The glorious russian version! The japanese get one as well... And for the lack of a german version you get this perfect spanish cover up. Actual spanish versions (yes, more than one....) Also glorious polish version. Well.... kinda! (If it's Jack White, he must be a pole. No questions!) Look! Gdynia!!! And here's, last but not least, the appropiate US/Morgana 1939 edition.... love it! I know you will. This it what "they" sing.... the Nixensong.
  15. Thank you for that impressive revival of this thread @Shirogane!