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Old 08-13-22, 05:57 PM   #46
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November 1939

Schiff 19 departed Bremen at 08:00 hrs. for trials with a commission from Deschimag A.G. Weser Werft aboard. Several faults were found and the ship returned to the shipyard to address the faults. Once all were dealt with the ship conducted another trial cruise which was successful after that she once again returned to Columbus Pier to take on fuel, water, and coal. Today she will depart for Kiel via the Kiel Canal. Before she leaves, the crew will disguise the ship as a Sperrbrecher she was painted all grey and tactical markings were painted on her funnel.

Schiff 19 arrives in the early hours of the 16th and is anchored at her assigned location, Buoy A-10. In the morning the ship will be shifted to the Kiel Naval Arsenal and began taking on ammunition and other supplies. By the 21st she is ready for sea and ready to begin the 2 month training period in the Baltic.


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1.2.1940 Kiel Harbor 1st day at sea

After almost three months of training and outfitting Schiff 19 is finally ready to depart on her war cruise. The Kommandant Kapitan.z.S Hartmann travelled to Berlin for a final briefing and to receive the raider’s final operational orders from GAdm Reader personally. The task was simple raid enemy supply lines in distant waters, lay minefields, and raid enemy harbors in the Indian Ocean, Caribbean, and Pacific Ocean.

At 01:00 hrs. the starboard watch was called, and Schiff 19 cast off from Kiel on her war cruise making for Mecklenburg Bay where she will change her disguise from Sperrbrecher XI to a German transport sailing under the Reich Service Flag. The change in disguise will take 1 day. Afterwards the ship is to meet her escorts off Keldsnor and begin the voyage to the Norwegian Sea.

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1. Outer hull black
2. On deck hatches, ventilators, winches, etc. dark grey
3. Superstructure grey
4. Smokestack light grey with black top length unchanged
5. Masts light grey crow’s nest on the foremast
6. Pole masts put up, including cargo booms
7. Cannon I and VI disguised as deck houses, light grey
8. Boats set out
9. Draft marks fitted.
10. Reich Service Flag hoisted on the signal deck.


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5.2.1940 Baltic Sea 5th day at sea

Schiff 19 arrived at Mecklenburg Bay and the change in disguise was carried out quickly and efficiently by the crew, now sailing as a German Transport. Schiff 19 arrived off the Gjedser Barrier and met NAUTILUS which was to escort the raider as far as Keldsnor and handed over outbound orders from Gruppe West. At Point Green 10 Sperrbrecher X took over escort through the Great Belt. In naval square 7511 at Røsnaes two torpedo boats “FALKE” and “LEOPARD” joined the escort. Later that day in naval square 4813 three destroyers of the 1.Zestroyerflottile Z 22, Z 33, and Z 41 under Kapitan.z.S Kohler joined the escort reinforcing the port and starboard quarter as well as the aft quarter. At around the same time a single Hr 60 provided aircover as far as Seelandsrev Barrier. At 24:00 hrs. the escort ended in accordance with outbound orders. Sperrbrecher X, Z 22, Z 33, and Z 41 were released. The torpedo boats remained with the raider now making 16.5 knots at 12:00 hrs. at Hanstholm 1 Do 18 and 2 fighters took over aircraft escort. In the Nedstrandsfjord 2 minesweepers M 17 and M 141 were awaiting for the raider along with the tanker ESSO HAMBURG. For now Schiff 19 proceeds with her remaining escorts towards Skudesnes.

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7.2.1940 Nedstrandsfjord 7th day at sea

Schiff 19 arrives without incident to Nedstrandsfjord and anchors next to the ESSO HAMBURG and began taking on fuel, water, coal, stores, and spare parts for the LS Boot. In the meantime, the Kommandant of M 22 Korv.Kpt. Hertz came aboard to inform Kapitan.z.S Hartmann of the mine situation in the North Sea. At around midnight M 17 and the torpedo boats “FALKE” and “LEOPARD” depart for Wilhelmshaven leaving only M 22 and the ESSO HAMBURG. When the tanker leaves later in the day the change in camouflage will begin this time she will be disguised as a Norwegian Freighter of the Fred Olson Line the BATAVIA 7,771 grt N V B K homeport Oslo. While this change in camouflage is being carried out M 22 will patrol the entrance to the fjord.

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1.Outer hull light grey, green waterline
2.On deck hatches, ventilators, winches, etc. light yellow
3.Superstructure grey with bridge and upper control position brown
4.Norwegian nationality markings on the hull
5.Smokestack grey, length unchanged
6.Pole masts put up, including cargo booms
7.Cannon I and VI disguised as deckhouses, grey
8.Boats set out
9.Draft marks removed
10.Norwegian flag hoisted on the mainmast

The work will continue throughout the night and a radio message will be sent via M 22 to signal Gruppe West that Schiff 19 is ready to sail.

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10.2.1940 59°41’N, 3°26’E 10th day at sea

Work on the ship’s disguise is complete. On the 9th Schiff 19 sent a radio message via M 22 to Gruppe West indicating that the Kapitan.z.S Hartmann intended to sail early on the 10th. Gruppe West approved and gave the ship its course and new operational orders, to advance via AN 2255, AF 8451, and 5566 afterwards the Kommandant is free to operate against merchant shipping until 1.3.1940 before beginning the westward march to the Denmark Strait.
Kapitan.z.S Hartmann plans to operate well into the Barents Sea the B-Dienst informs that British merchant shipping to and from Norwegian and Soviet ports is plentiful. There are no known warships to be operating in this area however at the first sinking that is to change. For now Schiff 19 sails to her ordered course at a steady 10 knots.
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25.2.1940 Barents Sea 71°56’N, 2°19’E 25th day at sea

Schiff 19 has been cruising the area without success so Kapitan.z.S Hartmann decided to move further east into the Barents Sea one of her 3 Arado Ar 196 A-1 aircraft was launched with the exception of last night and today due to the sea state being 4-5 at times 6. The aircraft only found a neutral Soviet tanker which was not pursued. On 24.2 at 22:54 hrs. Mtr.O.Gfr Beyer a distant shadow bearing 255°T at a range of 7600m, in seconds the crew was at action stations and Kapitan.z.S Hartmann on the bridge with the navigation officer Oblt.z.S Neumann plotted the enemy’s course which came to 101° speed estimated at 6 knots the shadow is very big quite possibly a fleet tanker. The Kommandant ordered the helm swung hard to port, steer course 207° Ship ready for action. At 23:30 hrs. range 3000m, Kapitan.z.S Hartmann ordered the battle flag hoisted and drop camouflage. With a clinging of the ship’s bell the battle flag was hoisted on the mainmast by Sig.O.Gfr Becker. The fore 15cm guns decamouflaged as well as the 7.5cm on the bow, a warning shot was fired over the bows of the ship and with a lamp on the bridge the ships were signaled “STOP AT ONCE, DO NOT USE WIRELESS, OR I OPEN FIRE” the enemy did not heed the warnings a second warning shot was fired which was also ignored at which point the tanker began to transmit at the same moment on the bridge L.z.S Meyer sighted a smaller vessel aft of the tanker, Kapitan.z.S Hartmann ordered the raider’s helm swung hard to starboard and the aft cannons were decamouflaged The artillery was given permission to open fire. 21 salvos from the 15cm guns sank the smaller ship and brought the tanker to a halt. A boarding commando under the command of L.z.S Schmidt (3 officers, 6 petty officers, and 25 ratings) was preparing to board the tanker when the tanker suffered 2 large explosions and began to quickly sink over the stern. Searchlights located 3 lifeboats which were picked up all were from the tanker. Schiff 19 remained in the area until 6 in the morning when picket boats sent from the raider to look for survivors. A total of 97 were picked up 91 from the tanker’s crew of 141 and 6 from the freighter’s crew of 22. At 07:00 Schiff 19 headed further east in search of more targets.

Oblt.z.S(F) Kohler reported that the main radio room successfully jammed all signals from the tanker. In any case the radio rooms will continue to monitor the radio waves for any shore stations calling either ship.

Ships sunk:
PINEDALE (A189) 17,380 grt GBZP From Scapa Flow to Narvik loaded with 20000 t of oil and aircraft fuel.
NORTON 1,918 grt GHWN From Plymouth to Narvik via Scapa Flow loaded with general cargo, mail, and tires.
Total sunk: 19,298 grt


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1.3.1940 Barents Sea 72°52’N, 25°51’E 30th day at sea

Schiff 19 continues to hunt for shipping. The day after sinking the tanker and freighter on the bridge Oblt.z.S Wessel and Mtr.O.Gfr Richter sighted a smoke column on the starboard bow. Kapitan.z.S Hartmann ordered the ship steered towards the sighting and soon 3 small coastal freighters were sighted. At a range of 2200m, set war flag, and decamouflage fore battery, and fire a warning shot on leading vessel with the 7.5cm cannon. Hoisted signals to stop and do not use wireless. All vessels comply and 3 search commandos simultaneously go aboard the ships. (Picket Boat Nr. III L.z.S Schmidt, Picket Boat Nr. I L.z.S Neumann, and Picket Boat Nr. V L.z.S Fischer). All three were found to be carrying contraband and were sunk with demolition charges The demolition commando (Oblt.z.S Wolff Picket Boat Nr. IV) completed the work just after noon and by 13:00 hrs. all three ships went to the bottom.

All three coastal freighters were enroute from Narvik to Grimsby, England. 66 crew were taken aboard including a Royal Norwegian Navy officer Lieutenant Bjorn Hansen after hours of interrogation he gives no details or reasonable explanation for him being aboard the coastal freighter. Kapitan.z.S Hartmann suspects that these vessels are in fact spy ships enroute to German ports to spy on naval and merchant sailings. Some of the crew stated that a large tanker and another British vessel were overdue at Narvik by a week as no other surface raiders or submarines are operating in this area and therefore no further sinkings have occurred we presume that it’s the PINEDALE and the NORTON.

The Seekriegslietung informs of the sailing of Schiff 16. Due to the sailing of the Hilfskreuzer we will have to delay our entry into the North Atlantic so Kapitan.z.S Hartmann now plans to operate as far as the Kara Sea. For this she will venture north towards the Spitzbergen to change her disguise from Norwegian Freighter to Soviet auxiliary ship.

Ships sunk:
BUD 981 grt
GOLMA 1,110 grt
BRANA 880 grt
Total sunk: 22,269 grt





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8.3.1940 Barents Sea 76°10’N, 23°36’E, 37th day at sea

Since the last report no sinkings have occurred. Kapitan.z.S Hartmann decided to make for the sea area between Spitsbergen and Hopen Island where he will change the disguise of the raider to that of a Soviet Naval Auxiliary ship then sail as far east as the Kara Sea and even into the Laptev Sea. During the voyage to the sea area the ship was battered by heavy seas. On the afternoon of 4.March Schiff 19 stopped to launch her Arado Ar 196 aircraft on a reconnaissance flight, unlike her pervious reconnaissance flights this time she was launched fully armed. Her orders were to conduct a reconnaissance of Hopen Island and her surroundings. The pilot and observer were instructed to report any sightings. In the meantime, Schiff 19 would continue on its present course and heading. At around 19:19 a VHF transmission was received by the aircraft “steamer and radio station destroyed, have taken damage am off Kapp Thor” At once the radio officer was summoned to the bridge. No distress signals to report was the radio officer’s report to the Kommandant. It was an unexpected but welcomed success. Later the B-Dienst reported that the steamer sunk was the Norwegian motorship DALHOLEN 7,170 grt NKGT this vessel was apparently tasked with supplying the radio station. Schiff 19 arrived off Kapp Thor where she took aboard the aircraft which was damaged by splinters and had small shell holes in her fuel tank and floats. Schiff 19 arrived at her hiding place early on 5.March she anchored in position 76°45’N, 25°0’E from the 6th to the 8th the camouflage was changed from the Norwegian freighter ‘BATAVIA” to the Soviet Auxiliary ship “KOSMONOV” 7,200 grt SVKO homeport Murmansk.
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1. Soviet nationality markings
2. Smokestack and masts lowered, smokestack insignia
3. Forwards bulwark lengthened
4. Superstructure white
5. Bridge and signal deck brown
6. Soviet naval flag hoisted on the signal deck.

With her new disguise complete and seaplane operational Schiff 19 resumes her war cruise at 04:00 hrs. course 097°, speed 12 knots, 1 engine.



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27.3.1940 Barents Sea 75°34’N, 46°23’E 56th day at sea

Schiff 19 continues the hunt for merchant shipping with no success. The Kara Sea according to the Meteorological office is still frozen solid with ice and therefore unpassable until May. Kapitan.z.S Hartmann decided to abandon the plan to enter the Kara and Laptev Seas and return to operate between Narvik and Bear Island till the end of the month so far only 4 Soviet ships have been sighted as the majority of traffic passes close to the coasts where Hartmann does not want to take the raider for fear of meeting a Soviet warship.

Operation Weserübung is scheduled to begin soon on 9.April which Kapitan.z.S Hartmann plans to be well clear of the area. However, the S.K.L. has other plans under operations order Gkdos 1139/40 V 1.2.10 Anlage II to the Operations Orders of Schiff 19 the raider is to conduct a raid on independent merchant shipping in the Norwegian Sea a dangerous task which Hartmann is not enthusiastic about, as fellow Hilfskreuzers are beginning to set sail and above all the presence of naval units of both sides are feverishly operating in the area.

Nevertheless, Hartmann plans to operate in the area, minelaying operations are also being planned on the east coast of England as most of the ports are being protected only by small escort boats and trawlers on Anti-submarine patrols as British naval forces gather in Scapa Flow to counter the German invasion of Norway. Hartmann plans to breakthrough into the North Atlantic by the beginning of May.

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9.4.1940 Barents Sea 71°21'N, 17°30'E 69th day at sea

Schiff 19 returns to the area off Bear Island, During the cruise from the Kara Sea to the Bear Island Schiff 19 came across 32 Soviet freighters and tankers. Schiff 19 continues to hunt enemy merchant ships the raider stopped 21 Norwegian, Swedish, and Dutch vessels of which 8 were sunk and 3 were taken prize including the Norwegian tanker “KNUDSEN” 10,200 grt which carried over 13000 t of diesel fuel was ordered to Jan Mayern Island for use as Schiff 19’s supply ship.

The remaining ships were released after a thorough search of their cargos ports of destinations and departures. Schiff 19 is scheduled to be off her operational area by the 13th and begin operations which will last 7 days.
Today, While operating off the approaches to Narvik Schiff 19 sighted smoke columns and immediately turned away this was the beginning of the first Battle of Narvik, Hartmann ordered 2 x A.K. the ship was now plowing the seas at 18.5 knots however a single smoke column approaches with great speed and is soon identified as a single destroyer. Schiff 19 still disguised as a Soviet auxiliary ship maintained course towards the northeast speed reduced to 10 knots, crew to action station, and camouflage party to stations. The warship is identified as an H-Class destroyer, the H.M.S. Hearty 1,250 grt the warship armed with 4 x 4in guns signaled us to stop and not use wireless, Kapitan.z.S Hartmann orders that the Soviet flag hoisted and signals “KOSMONOV” St. Petersburg to Murmansk the destroyer closes to a range of 1200m and stops. The guns are not trained nor is anyone on deck only a few are seen on the bridge and the upper control position. While the destroyer launches a boat Kapitan.z.S Hartmann orders to run up the war flag and port artillery and torpedo tubes to drop camouflage and open fire! 3 G7v torpedoes and 4 x 15cm salvos surprise the destroyer of the 3 torpedoes launched 2 torpedoes hit causing a large explosion. The destroyer immediately heels to starboard and begins to sink.

On the bridge Kapitan.z.S Hartmann orders Halt battery Halt!, Hard to starboard! 2 x A.K.! Schiff 19 speeds away from the sinking destroyer 3 hours later the raider returns and picks up 1 officer and 2 ratings. They were taken to the ship’s hospital for treatment. Schiff 19 now moves towards Bear Island; the radio officer reports that the destroyer was being called by another warship D/F’d 225° range estimated at 19km. During the engagement no radio message was transmitted by the destroyer.

Kapitan.z.S Hartmann and the Navigation Officer Oblt.z.S Neumann choose to anchor off South Cape Island for a few days as now Schiff 19 was being hunted by at least 2 warships. The ship’s camouflage was slightly altered by painting the red band on the funnel blue and building an additional deckhouse on the boat deck. The raider now sails as the Soviet Research Ship “ROSSKOVO” 7,780 grt KLTV homeport Murmansk and is in transit to launch another raid on merchant shipping between Norway and England.


Sunk between Narvik and Bear Island


English
“” Destroyer H.M.S. “Hearty” 1,250 grt
Dutch
“” Freighter “TAMPICO” 4,869 grt
“” Freighter “VENEZUELA” 5,125 grt
“” Freighter “ATLANTIC” 3,325 grt
“” Tanker “KETTY OSLO” 6,562 grt
“” Freighter “ROTTERDAM” 8,202 grt
“” Freighter “HONG KONG” 3,300 grt
“” Tanker “STAVERDEN” 5,800 grt
Norwegian
“” Freighter “CEYLON” 7,100 grt
Swedish
“” Freighter “GEORGIA” 4,473 grt
Taken prize:
Norwegian
“” Tanker “KNUDSEN” 10,200 grt
“” Tanker “OLE HANSEN” 8,800 grt








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15.4.1940 South Cape Island 75th day at sea

Schiff 19 arrives at South Cape Island. The raider now undergoes another change in disguise from Soviet Research Ship to a Dutch freighter. She will sail as the “Arendsderk” 7,700 grt PFLK homeport Amsterdam
Paint and camouflage of the ship:
1. Outer hull black
2. Superstructure dark grey
3. Bridge and signal deck brown
4. Forward bulwark lengthened
5. Smokestack lengthened black with orange ring
6. Nationality and name on both sides of the hull
7. Cannon VI camouflaged as deckhouse, painted dark grey
8. 2 pairs of cargo booms added, one pair aft of the bridge structure the second forward of the foremast.
9. Masts and cargo booms painted yellow
10. 2 lifeboats and davits removed; bulwark extended aft.
11. Dutch flag hoisted on the signal deck

Schiff 19 will remain hidden until 1.May and then resume raids in the North Sea the Seekriegslietung now plans to send the raider into the North Atlantic sometime in late May early June. Kapitan.z.S Hartmann wants to leave the North Sea and breakthrough into the North Atlantic by the end of April. So far Schiff 19 has sunk 97,195 grt of shipping plus one destroyer. In the coming days Hartmann and his officers will come to a decision on where to operate next.

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20.4.1940 Norwegian Sea 80th day at sea 76°08'N, 16°27'E

After hiding at South Cape Island for 6 days and changing the ship’s camouflage to that of a neutral Dutchman, Kapitan.z.S Hartmann decides to operate along an area where the B-Dienst reports vast numbers of Independent Norwegian merchant shipping attempting to escape Norway. Several targets including 2 whale factory ships, and various tankers of over 10,000 grt are sailing for England. Schiff 19 weighs anchor and sets sail at 16 knots to her operations area between Narvik and the Faroe Islands. Schiff 19 has been advised that other Hilfskreuzers had sailed or were preparing to sail in the coming days. The S.K.L. has informed Schiff 19 that at least 3 other Hilfskreuzers have sailed or are preparing to sail.

While enroute the main radio room received new orders from the S.K.L. which instructs the raider to break off operations and proceed to Waiting Area C in the Greenland Sea and await for favorable weather to breakout into the North Atlantic.

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10.5.1940 Greenland Sea 74°4'N, 6°9'W 100th day at sea

Schiff 19 arrives at Waiting Area C as instructed, now she waits to meet her supply ships. During the passage Schiff 19 briefly swung south and sank a tanker and 2 freighters before steering north. On 25.4 she sank the British tanker “ATLANTIC RANGER” 4,876 grt loaded with 5000 t of gasoline from Lerwick to Narvik. 13 salvos send the tanker to the bottom, 21 of the 58 crew were picked up. Two days later the freighter “GLENBURG” 7,254 grt from London to Narvik loaded with army and air force equipment for Norwegian troops after being inspected by the search commando the ship was sunk with scuttling charges 76 were taken prisoner. On 30.4 Schiff 19 sank the Freighter “VIRGINIA” 5,247 grt loaded with 10 tanks and 130 t of army equipment again bound for Narvik a torpedo sent the freighter to the bottom, 87 were taken prisoner. The sinkings caused a brief disruption in traffic from England to Norway, all distress signals from the enemy ships were successfully jammed by the main radio room. The raider with 184 prisoners aboard headed northwest at 16 knots.

Today to commemorate 100 days at sea, the crew was lined up for a speech by the Kommandant in which he announced the name of the raider, she was to be called “Wolf”. In 4 months of commerce warfare, “Wolf” has sunk 108,713 grt of shipping she’s become the most notorious privateering vessel of WWII and has yet to make it into the main shipping lanes of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans.



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22.5.1940 North Atlantic 63°10’N, 29°43’W 112th day at sea

The Wolf runs the British blockade! after spending 2 days refueling and rearming the raider makes for the Denmark Strait at 10 knots just south of the ice limit. The Wolf entered the Straits on the evening of the 21st and sailing at 16 knots crossed into the North Atlantic. The main radio room reported 3 British freighters within a 20km radius these were successfully avoided. On the morning of 22nd lookouts sighted out of the mist a large vessel to starboard. On the bridge Kapitan.z.S Hartmann identified her as the British Armed Merchant Cruiser H.M.S. WALVIS BAY 10,191 grt she briefly came into view then disappeared again into the mist. The crew were disappointed that the ship was not engaged however the mood changed when Kapitan.z.S Hartmann informed that the sighted vessel was an Armed Merchant Cruiser.

For the Wolf her hour had come and the raids for which she was to gain eternal notoriety were about to begin……………..
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15.6.1940 South Atlantic 16°39’S, 32°52’W 136th day at sea

Mtr.O.Gfr Meyer of the starboard bridge watch sighted a smoke column off the port bow and with this the Wolf obtained her first success in the North Atlantic. The smoke column was the Australian freighter S.S. WHITEMARK 7,085 grt GFTK homeport Melbourne in transit from Freemantle to Southampton via Hong Kong-Halifax loaded with 8,800 t of tires, steel plate, and wheat. The vessel had been armed in Freemantle and put up a fight with the Hilfskreuzer which resulted in a battle in which the freighter fired 10 salvos all of which missed, in turn the raider fired 81 shells and 2 torpedoes of the crew of 90, 81 including the master Capitan S.W. Fish were taken prisoner. The ship sank fast over the stern.

After the sinking the Wolf headed south sighting only a neutral Argentine freighter on the 10th. On 11.6 she crossed the equator at 29°42’W. The following morning the crossing of the line ceremony took place. During the next 4 days the raider encountered heavy seas and rough weather. today the weather cleared and Kapitan.z.S Hartmann plans to send the Arado on at least 2 reconnaissance flights per day. The ship has freedom to operate as far south as the Falkland Islands always keeping south of the equator and west of Ascension Island.

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