5 Sep 1940

 

  • Matrosenobergefreiter Heinrich Mantyk fell overboard from German submarine U-47 300 miles northwest of Ireland while operating the deck gun. He was lost. Of the 40.000 men that went to sea in Uboots in WW2 only 10,000 returned 3 out of 4 perished. The-Rise-and-Fall-of-the-German-U-Boat-1.jpg
  • German armed merchant cruiser Komet completed its voyage across the Northern Sea Route and entered the Pacific Ocean via the Bering Strait. After a long period of negotiations between Germany and the Soviet Union, the Soviets agreed to provide Germany with access to the Northern Sea Route through which Germany could access both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Initially, the two countries had agreed to send 26 ships, including four armed merchant cruisers, but as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact fell away,explained by Ribbentrop in previous post, this was soon reduced to just one vessel, the Komet. hk_komet_01.jpg
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