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Old 11-22-22, 11:06 AM   #241
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Saturday, 21 November 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

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Our Paratroop Engineer Battalion "Witzig" and Italian 1st Paratroop Battalion attacked British troops near Djebel Abjod, Tunisia; initially successful, the British counterattack later in the day.

Boats of Gibraltar Group reporting damage due to enemy countermeasures are: U 263 (Kptlt. Kurt Nölke), U 91 (Kptlt. Heinz Walkerling), U 752 (Kptlt. Karl-Ernst Schroeter) and U 510 (Korvkpt. Karl Neitzel). U 566 (Oblt. Gerhard Remus) as well as U 519 (Kptlt. Günther Eppen) was heavily damaged by an air attack on a convoy, she remained however, as did the boats named above, after damage had been partly repaired. Shortly before firing at convoy of U 519, U 564 (Oblt. Hans Fiedler; ex Suhren) was sighted by a 4 stack destroyer which dropped D/C's (1210 in CG 8758). Convoy composed of about 30 freighters of 5 - 6,000 GRT. U 515 (Kptlt. Werner Henke) picked up airplane radar bearing 500 miles W. of Gibraltar.

The heavy countermeasures against boats of the Gibraltar Group
even in seaward areas necessitates a move even further westward. Placement from England and America. Boats in attack area of 25 miles depth:
U 92 - 495x; U 752 - 7311; U 653 - 4891; U 185 - 4796; U 86 - 7243; U 515 - 7291; U 510 - 7551; U 173 - 7199; U 103 - 7179; U 564 - 7465; U 263 - 7499; U 130 - 7444; U 566 - 7716; U 91 - 7758; U 519 - 7153.
All of the above in CG. Boats will make up the Group "Westwall".

U 511 (Kptlt. Friedrich Steinhoff) on return voyage, as further operation impossible according to the doctor's opinion.

U 517
(Kptlt. Paul Hartwig) bombed and heavily damaged by aircraft in BE 5945. At 1135 hours she reported in open text: Vent knocked out and boat is sinking rapidly. U 211 (Kptlt. Karl Hause) which was near by, given orders to make for the spot and expects to be there about 1900. 2 FW 200 type planes from the Air-Sea Rescue Group were sent out and will be at the attack area by dawn on 22 November.

U 518 (Kptlt. Friedrich-Wilhelm Wissmann) attacked convoy reported yesterday in BB 9515 at 0415 and sank a special ship of 10,000 tons as well as a tanker of 8,000 tons which evidently sank. Subsequently forced to submerge by gun fire then attacked by D/C's. Boat is scarcely able to dive and requests permission to return to port gradually. She received orders to return via BC 80 and BD 30.

U 155 (Kptlt. Adolf Cornelius Piening) took spare parts on board from U 118 (XB; KrvKpt. Werner Czygan).

Colonel General Eberhard von Mackensen replaces Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist as the commander of the 1.Panzerarmee.

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Sunday, 22 November 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

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Paul von Kleist is made the commanding officer of German Army Group A.

The encirclement of the 6th Army around Stalingrad, is completed
when the Soviet 4th Mechanized Corps and the 4th Tank Corps meet at Kalach-na-Donu, after smashing through positions held by Romanian troops.

Upon asking returning "Polar Bear Boats" whether they had enough fueland torpedoes and whether personnel and machinery were in condition for further operations, U 159 (Kptlt. Helmut Friedrich Witte) and U 504 (KrvKpt. Hans-Georg Friedrich Poske) reported they would be ready after taking on fuel provisions and torpedoes. U 159 was ordered to take on torpedoes and fuel from U D 3 (ex Dutch submarine O 25; Krvkpt. Hermann Rigele) in ES 75. U 504 is returning to port since she has only enough provisions for 15 days and she cannot be re-supplied in so short a time.

U 155 (Kptlt. Adolf Cornelius Piening) took up position of U 91 - CG 7758. U 91 (Kptlt. Heinz Walkerling) operating in N.W. group of "Westwall".
U 118 (XB; KrvKpt. Werner Czygan) is in DH 10 for the purpose of refueling members of Group "Westwall".

U 92
(Oblt. Adolf Oelrich) was depth charged by a search group in CG 8287. U 566 (Oblt. Gerhard Remus) cannot repair oil leaks and is returning.

U 608
(Kptlt. Rolf Struckmeier) is to look for rendezvous point where air torpedoes can be taken from boats returning to port.

"Milkcow" U 462
(Oblt. Bruno Vowe) completed re-supply of U 505 (Kptlt. Peter Zschech) and is returning because her stocks are used up. The watch officer wounded in the attack of 10 Nov 1942 is transferred to U-Vowe.
U 454 (Kptlt. Burckhard Hackländer) has taken on provisions from "Milkcow" U 460 (Kptlt. Ebe Schnoor). Oil transfer impossible at the time because of heavy seas.

U 211 (Kptlt. Karl Hause) has had no success so far in her search for U 517 (Kptlt. Paul Hartwig). The 3 "FW 200" airplanes have likewise seen nothing. We must consider the boat lost. Another airplane is scheduled for 23 November to exhaust all possibilities.

U 98 (Oblt. Kurt Eichmann) and U 411 (Kptlt. Johann Spindlegger) must be considered lost in the area W. of Gibraltar. Both boats last reported on 10 November farther N.W. their meeting in CG is regarded with greatest skepticism. They are considered to have been sunk by aircraft.

The British Admiralty Operational Intelligence Centre (OIC) urges the staff of Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England, to focus on our new four-rotored Enigma machines.

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Old 11-23-22, 05:44 AM   #242
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Sunday, 22 November 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

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Paul von Kleist is made the commanding officer of German Army Group A.

The encirclement of the 6th Army around Stalingrad, is completed
when the Soviet 4th Mechanized Corps and the 4th Tank Corps meet at Kalach-na-Donu, after smashing through positions held by Romanian troops.

Upon asking returning "Polar Bear Boats" whether they had enough fueland torpedoes and whether personnel and machinery were in condition for further operations, U 159 (Kptlt. Helmut Friedrich Witte) and U 504 (KrvKpt. Hans-Georg Friedrich Poske) reported they would be ready after taking on fuel provisions and torpedoes. U 159 was ordered to take on torpedoes and fuel from U D 3 (ex Dutch submarine O 25; Krvkpt. Hermann Rigele) in ES 75. U 504 is returning to port since she has only enough provisions for 15 days and she cannot be re-supplied in so short a time.

U 155 (Kptlt. Adolf Cornelius Piening) took up position of U 91 - CG 7758. U 91 (Kptlt. Heinz Walkerling) operating in N.W. group of "Westwall".
U 118 (XB; KrvKpt. Werner Czygan) is in DH 10 for the purpose of refueling members of Group "Westwall".

U 92
(Oblt. Adolf Oelrich) was depth charged by a search group in CG 8287. U 566 (Oblt. Gerhard Remus) cannot repair oil leaks and is returning.

U 608
(Kptlt. Rolf Struckmeier) is to look for rendezvous point where air torpedoes can be taken from boats returning to port.

"Milkcow" U 462
(Oblt. Bruno Vowe) completed re-supply of U 505 (Kptlt. Peter Zschech) and is returning because her stocks are used up. The watch officer wounded in the attack of 10 Nov 1942 is transferred to U-Vowe.
U 454 (Kptlt. Burckhard Hackländer) has taken on provisions from "Milkcow" U 460 (Kptlt. Ebe Schnoor). Oil transfer impossible at the time because of heavy seas.

U 211 (Kptlt. Karl Hause) has had no success so far in her search for U 517 (Kptlt. Paul Hartwig). The 3 "FW 200" airplanes have likewise seen nothing. We must consider the boat lost. Another airplane is scheduled for 23 November to exhaust all possibilities.

U 98 (Oblt. Kurt Eichmann) and U 411 (Kptlt. Johann Spindlegger) must be considered lost in the area W. of Gibraltar. Both boats last reported on 10 November farther N.W. their meeting in CG is regarded with greatest skepticism. They are considered to have been sunk by aircraft.

The British Admiralty Operational Intelligence Centre (OIC) urges the staff of Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England, to focus on our new four-rotored Enigma machines.

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Monday, 23 November 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

Dry-Run Exercises with Machinery/Mechanics; Weapons; Torpedoes.

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Axis forces evacuate Agedabia, Libya.

The vital French West African port of Dakar comes under Allied control with the Vichy governor changing sides.

By waning moon and more hours of darkness the boats have an opportunity to push E. The following boats to occupy these areas:
U 263 - CG 8140; U 564 - 8170; U 103 - 8410; U 92 and 515 - 8440; U 653 and 155 - 8479; U 185 - 8710; U 519 - 8740; U 510 - 8770. All in CG.

U 86 (Kptlt. Walter Schug) and U 130 (KrvKpt. Ernst Kals) are operating in top sections of DJ 12 1510 and 1540. They are to approach the harbors as closely as possible according to shipping and defense measures. U 752 (Kptlt. Karl-Ernst Schroeter) requested more remote area due to oil leaks and moved westward because of the conditions of the boat.

U 183 (Kptlt. Heinrich Schäfer) sighted warship group at 0248 in CB 2245 on 23 November course 280°.

U 552 (Kptlt. Klaus Popp, ex Topp) was attacked in ES 1221 by an enemy U-boat.

U 332 (Kptlt. Johannes Liebe) returning to port because of fuel supply.

U 211 (Kptlt. Karl Hause) has broken off search for the crew of U 517 (Kptlt. Paul Hartwig). In BE 5839 she sighted an empty, overturned rubber boat with German identification marks. The "FW 200" planes have likewise seen nothing. It cannot be established whether the crew was lost or picked up by English patrol boat.

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Monday, 23 November 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

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Axis forces evacuate Agedabia, Libya.

The vital French West African port of Dakar comes under Allied control with the Vichy governor changing sides.

By waning moon and more hours of darkness the boats have an opportunity to push E. The following boats to occupy these areas:
U 263 - CG 8140; U 564 - 8170; U 103 - 8410; U 92 and 515 - 8440; U 653 and 155 - 8479; U 185 - 8710; U 519 - 8740; U 510 - 8770. All in CG.

U 86 (Kptlt. Walter Schug) and U 130 (KrvKpt. Ernst Kals) are operating in top sections of DJ 12 1510 and 1540. They are to approach the harbors as closely as possible according to shipping and defense measures. U 752 (Kptlt. Karl-Ernst Schroeter) requested more remote area due to oil leaks and moved westward because of the conditions of the boat.

U 183 (Kptlt. Heinrich Schäfer) sighted warship group at 0248 in CB 2245 on 23 November course 280°.

U 552 (Kptlt. Klaus Popp, ex Topp) was attacked in ES 1221 by an enemy U-boat.

U 332 (Kptlt. Johannes Liebe) returning to port because of fuel supply.

U 211 (Kptlt. Karl Hause) has broken off search for the crew of U 517 (Kptlt. Paul Hartwig). In BE 5839 she sighted an empty, overturned rubber boat with German identification marks. The "FW 200" planes have likewise seen nothing. It cannot be established whether the crew was lost or picked up by English patrol boat.

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Tuesday, 24 November 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

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The 3rd Battalion of the "San Marco" naval infantry regiment of Italian Navy completes its transfer from Corsica, France to Tunisia.

The request for situation reports of attack possibilities and countermeasures in the Gibraltar area reveals the following:

U 130 (KrvKpt. Ernst Kals): No possibility of attack near the coast because of constant air patrols. Contact on convoys impossible to keep due to screening vessels by night and heavy air patrols by day. Boat believes it best to stay outside the area of air patrols in order to attack convoys reported from other sources.
U 155 (Kptlt. Adolf Cornelius Piening) has established nothing outside presence of patrol craft and radar. Strong air and sea patrols up to 500 miles from the coast. In the present position she has been forced to submerge by day and has been subject to Radar by night. This boat also considers operation outside air patrol area as essential for successful attacks.
U 185 (Kptlt. August Maus) is sailing W. because of heavy damage and is ordered to go to U-tanker to carry out repairs.

U 118 (XB; KrvKpt. Werner Czygan) designated as tanker for Group "Westwall" received orders to take operational areas CF 70 and 80 and DH 10 and 40. As her first supply operation, she is to operate with Gibraltar area boats.

U 263 (Kptlt. Kurt Nölke) a boat of Group "Westwall" was bombed by a plane in CG 7294 at 1145 and is unable to dive. Boats nearby ordered to go to her assistance. About 0200 she was bombed again and was unable to fight the plane off without damage to herself. After the boat had been made dive worthy the others were ordered back to their sectors. Joint return through Bay of Biscay was agreed upon with U 511 (Kptlt. Friedrich Steinhoff).

U 173 (Oblt. Hans-Adolf Schweichel) belongs to Group "Westwall" and last reported on 16 October from about DJ 2284. Further radio messages have not been received in spite of repeated requests to do so. According to Radio Intercepts a U-boat was attacked in DJ 22 on 18 November and believed destroyed. Possibly U 173 was sunk in this engagement. We must consider her lost.

U 184 (Kptlt. Günther Dangschat) was operating against Convoy No. 66 (ONS.144) and on 20 November in BC 28 she was forced to veer off by far ranging screening vessels. Boats involved were ordered to the attack. U 184 has not reported since. Her loss is probable.

U 505 (Kptlt. Peter Zschech) attacked a fast freighter in EH 3773 on 24 November and in DT 9787 and 9785 on 25 November, course S.E. Impossible to close with her because of speed limitations due to faulty diesel. Ship was evidently a member of convoy which had broken up.

According to previous Radio Intercept an enemy plane scored a bomb hit on a U-boat in BF 5282. It was believed to be U 413 and a light sweeper flotilla was sent at high speed toward the point. Of the boats in question, U 413 - 507 - 217, U 217 (VIID; Oblt. Kurt Reichenbach-Klinke) has not yet reported. We await further reports. U 413 and U 507 are moving on.

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Tuesday, 24 November 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

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The 3rd Battalion of the "San Marco" naval infantry regiment of Italian Navy completes its transfer from Corsica, France to Tunisia.

The request for situation reports of attack possibilities and countermeasures in the Gibraltar area reveals the following:

U 130 (KrvKpt. Ernst Kals): No possibility of attack near the coast because of constant air patrols. Contact on convoys impossible to keep due to screening vessels by night and heavy air patrols by day. Boat believes it best to stay outside the area of air patrols in order to attack convoys reported from other sources.
U 155 (Kptlt. Adolf Cornelius Piening) has established nothing outside presence of patrol craft and radar. Strong air and sea patrols up to 500 miles from the coast. In the present position she has been forced to submerge by day and has been subject to Radar by night. This boat also considers operation outside air patrol area as essential for successful attacks.
U 185 (Kptlt. August Maus) is sailing W. because of heavy damage and is ordered to go to U-tanker to carry out repairs.

U 118 (XB; KrvKpt. Werner Czygan) designated as tanker for Group "Westwall" received orders to take operational areas CF 70 and 80 and DH 10 and 40. As her first supply operation, she is to operate with Gibraltar area boats.

U 263 (Kptlt. Kurt Nölke) a boat of Group "Westwall" was bombed by a plane in CG 7294 at 1145 and is unable to dive. Boats nearby ordered to go to her assistance. About 0200 she was bombed again and was unable to fight the plane off without damage to herself. After the boat had been made dive worthy the others were ordered back to their sectors. Joint return through Bay of Biscay was agreed upon with U 511 (Kptlt. Friedrich Steinhoff).

U 173 (Oblt. Hans-Adolf Schweichel) belongs to Group "Westwall" and last reported on 16 October from about DJ 2284. Further radio messages have not been received in spite of repeated requests to do so. According to Radio Intercepts a U-boat was attacked in DJ 22 on 18 November and believed destroyed. Possibly U 173 was sunk in this engagement. We must consider her lost.

U 184 (Kptlt. Günther Dangschat) was operating against Convoy No. 66 (ONS.144) and on 20 November in BC 28 she was forced to veer off by far ranging screening vessels. Boats involved were ordered to the attack. U 184 has not reported since. Her loss is probable.

U 505 (Kptlt. Peter Zschech) attacked a fast freighter in EH 3773 on 24 November and in DT 9787 and 9785 on 25 November, course S.E. Impossible to close with her because of speed limitations due to faulty diesel. Ship was evidently a member of convoy which had broken up.

According to previous Radio Intercept an enemy plane scored a bomb hit on a U-boat in BF 5282. It was believed to be U 413 and a light sweeper flotilla was sent at high speed toward the point. Of the boats in question, U 413 - 507 - 217, U 217 (VIID; Oblt. Kurt Reichenbach-Klinke) has not yet reported. We await further reports. U 413 and U 507 are moving on.

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Wednesday, 25 November 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

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The Führer orderes the seizure of the French fleet at Toulon, France.


Gibraltar situation - Morocco area:

1) In an effort to completely intercept the stream of shipping to Gibraltar from England and America as well as the southwest, the first placements of boats in areas CG 90, 80, DJ 10 and 20 was made close to the coast. On 18 November heavy defenses and countermeasures close to the coast made it necessary to move farther from shore in area CG 80. On 20 November the limit had to be extended to CG 70. As a result a wide gap was made west of Cape Vincent, through which shipping from England could pass without being attacked. Similarly shipping from the S.W. would not be apprehended.
Since this disposition brought no success, placements along an E-W line was ordered on 23 November. In this way a final attempt was made to intercept traffic through the "Hole". On the other hand, boats were given the option of operating freely in case of countermeasures became to strong close to Gibraltar and Morocco. This new disposition of craft brought no success. Whether because of intercepts, or reports, from Gibraltar many convoys must have passed through this area and not one was seen, an indication that countermeasures were successful in keeping boats submerged day and night at some distance.

2) For the purpose of clearing up the situation, 2 well known captains (U 155; Piening - U 130; Kals) were requested to give their opinions of the possibilities for success and the anti-submarine situation in the last operational area. According to the reports of the two captains and previous reports of other boats, the following situation is presented:
Since the enemy has gained a foothold in Morocco his anti-submarine measures have strengthened greatly. Heavy air patrols day and night ranging 300 miles from land, patrol craft and destroyer search groups divided among the area, make even one's presence in these areas difficult and dangerous. With one exception (ship alone sunk by U 92) convoys are strongly protected and air patrols are rapidly making attack area untenable. The U-boat should not be committed in areas close to land since it is not able to take evasive measures.
Example: Attacks on convoys in the North Channel have been considered impossible for the past 1 1/2 years, and in this connection it is worthy of notice that defences in that area were never so strong as those of Gibraltar are today, surface and aircraft radar and patrols not considered. 3) Since 20 November there has been no further success reported, so that the total in the Gibraltar - Morocco area remains at the following level:

12 Nov. DJ 2519 3 explosions, 1 hit seen on freighter. U 173
13 Nov. CG 8830 4 hits on Birmingham type cruiser, 1 DD probably sunk. U 515
14 Nov. Fedala Roads 2 transports sunk, 1 probably sunk. Total 22,500 tons. U 130
14 Nov. CG 4556 "Warwick Castle". U 413
15 Nov CG 8665 3 hits on 3 large transports. U 155
16 Nov DJ 2284 Hit on 6,000 tonner. U 173
16 Nov CG 9457 Ship 12,000 tons sunk. U 92
20 Nov. CG 8731 3 steamers 15,000 tons sunk, 1 steamer torpedo. U 263

The transport "Warwick Castle" was sunk W. of Lisbon by a boat returning to port.
Therefore in the last 5 days: 1 cruiser, 1 destroyer and 5 ships were sunk 7 ships torpedoed.
In the next 4 days: 3 ships sunk, 1 ship torpedoed and no further sinkings since 21 November.
Against this we suffered the following losses and damage out of total of 23 boats.
Total loss: 3 boats U 411 - 98 - 173.
Badly damaged so that immediate return was ordered: U 218 - 613 - 413 - 566 - 263.
A number of boats suffered minor damage from plane bombs of D/C's.
Deductions: Attack of supply shipping in the usual stationary manner no longer possible within 500 miles of Gibraltar. Further delay does not indicate losses. Without corresponding compensating possibilities of success.
Conclusions: Attacks on supply shipping must be carried out beyond the range of enemy air patrols, since it then can be treated as a pure convoy action this must be begun on the "Starting side of the Atlantic" so far from Gibraltar that attack is possible for several days.

4) From the data at hand (U-boat sightings intercepts, intelligence reports) is is decided that evidently a larger part of ships used in the African landing, especially troop transports from England and a few convoys from America came from the N.W.
a) There are only small prospects of success in operations against shipping from England since there are constant English air patrols in the area. Running attack is therefore impossible and the prospects for stationary attacks are bad since the area to be occupied between 11 and 24° is too large. Convoys can be cut up by incoming and outgoing boats and short operations are possible by these boats and can be carried out if the convoys are sighted
b) Attack on the America - Gibraltar supply traffic: Only 2 reports given along the enemy route: Convoy in CF 4399, course E. on 2 November (sighting report of U 514) convoy N. of Azores course E. on 16 November (Spy). The entire Great Circle route between Norfolk and Boston on one side and Gibraltar on the other side lies N. of the Azores between 39 and 42 N. and this offers promise for a fair amount of success to operations in that area.
Aims: Boats of Group "Westwall" which have sufficient fuel are to take position in observation line from CF 6518 to 9189 and sail westward toward the presumed convoy route. Boats which are low on fuel are to refuel at once and join the group in order to broaden the observation strip. Boats to sail together westward to about CD 20. From here attacks can be carried out without the presence of enemy aircraft from the east. If no convoys are sighted this operation will be considered a failure. On the other hand, interception of only one convoy will result in greater success than Group "Westwall" has had thus far.


He 111 aircraft from Tatsinskaya Airfield and Morozovskaya Airfield in Rostov Oblast, Russia fly 75 tons of supplies, mostly fuel, into Stalingrad.


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Wednesday, 25 November 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

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The Führer orderes the seizure of the French fleet at Toulon, France.


Gibraltar situation - Morocco area:

1) In an effort to completely intercept the stream of shipping to Gibraltar from England and America as well as the southwest, the first placements of boats in areas CG 90, 80, DJ 10 and 20 was made close to the coast. On 18 November heavy defenses and countermeasures close to the coast made it necessary to move farther from shore in area CG 80. On 20 November the limit had to be extended to CG 70. As a result a wide gap was made west of Cape Vincent, through which shipping from England could pass without being attacked. Similarly shipping from the S.W. would not be apprehended.
Since this disposition brought no success, placements along an E-W line was ordered on 23 November. In this way a final attempt was made to intercept traffic through the "Hole". On the other hand, boats were given the option of operating freely in case of countermeasures became to strong close to Gibraltar and Morocco. This new disposition of craft brought no success. Whether because of intercepts, or reports, from Gibraltar many convoys must have passed through this area and not one was seen, an indication that countermeasures were successful in keeping boats submerged day and night at some distance.

2) For the purpose of clearing up the situation, 2 well known captains (U 155; Piening - U 130; Kals) were requested to give their opinions of the possibilities for success and the anti-submarine situation in the last operational area. According to the reports of the two captains and previous reports of other boats, the following situation is presented:
Since the enemy has gained a foothold in Morocco his anti-submarine measures have strengthened greatly. Heavy air patrols day and night ranging 300 miles from land, patrol craft and destroyer search groups divided among the area, make even one's presence in these areas difficult and dangerous. With one exception (ship alone sunk by U 92) convoys are strongly protected and air patrols are rapidly making attack area untenable. The U-boat should not be committed in areas close to land since it is not able to take evasive measures.
Example: Attacks on convoys in the North Channel have been considered impossible for the past 1 1/2 years, and in this connection it is worthy of notice that defences in that area were never so strong as those of Gibraltar are today, surface and aircraft radar and patrols not considered. 3) Since 20 November there has been no further success reported, so that the total in the Gibraltar - Morocco area remains at the following level:

12 Nov. DJ 2519 3 explosions, 1 hit seen on freighter. U 173
13 Nov. CG 8830 4 hits on Birmingham type cruiser, 1 DD probably sunk. U 515
14 Nov. Fedala Roads 2 transports sunk, 1 probably sunk. Total 22,500 tons. U 130
14 Nov. CG 4556 "Warwick Castle". U 413
15 Nov CG 8665 3 hits on 3 large transports. U 155
16 Nov DJ 2284 Hit on 6,000 tonner. U 173
16 Nov CG 9457 Ship 12,000 tons sunk. U 92
20 Nov. CG 8731 3 steamers 15,000 tons sunk, 1 steamer torpedo. U 263

The transport "Warwick Castle" was sunk W. of Lisbon by a boat returning to port.
Therefore in the last 5 days: 1 cruiser, 1 destroyer and 5 ships were sunk 7 ships torpedoed.
In the next 4 days: 3 ships sunk, 1 ship torpedoed and no further sinkings since 21 November.
Against this we suffered the following losses and damage out of total of 23 boats.
Total loss: 3 boats U 411 - 98 - 173.
Badly damaged so that immediate return was ordered: U 218 - 613 - 413 - 566 - 263.
A number of boats suffered minor damage from plane bombs of D/C's.
Deductions: Attack of supply shipping in the usual stationary manner no longer possible within 500 miles of Gibraltar. Further delay does not indicate losses. Without corresponding compensating possibilities of success.
Conclusions: Attacks on supply shipping must be carried out beyond the range of enemy air patrols, since it then can be treated as a pure convoy action this must be begun on the "Starting side of the Atlantic" so far from Gibraltar that attack is possible for several days.

4) From the data at hand (U-boat sightings intercepts, intelligence reports) is is decided that evidently a larger part of ships used in the African landing, especially troop transports from England and a few convoys from America came from the N.W.
a) There are only small prospects of success in operations against shipping from England since there are constant English air patrols in the area. Running attack is therefore impossible and the prospects for stationary attacks are bad since the area to be occupied between 11 and 24° is too large. Convoys can be cut up by incoming and outgoing boats and short operations are possible by these boats and can be carried out if the convoys are sighted
b) Attack on the America - Gibraltar supply traffic: Only 2 reports given along the enemy route: Convoy in CF 4399, course E. on 2 November (sighting report of U 514) convoy N. of Azores course E. on 16 November (Spy). The entire Great Circle route between Norfolk and Boston on one side and Gibraltar on the other side lies N. of the Azores between 39 and 42 N. and this offers promise for a fair amount of success to operations in that area.
Aims: Boats of Group "Westwall" which have sufficient fuel are to take position in observation line from CF 6518 to 9189 and sail westward toward the presumed convoy route. Boats which are low on fuel are to refuel at once and join the group in order to broaden the observation strip. Boats to sail together westward to about CD 20. From here attacks can be carried out without the presence of enemy aircraft from the east. If no convoys are sighted this operation will be considered a failure. On the other hand, interception of only one convoy will result in greater success than Group "Westwall" has had thus far.


He 111 aircraft from Tatsinskaya Airfield and Morozovskaya Airfield in Rostov Oblast, Russia fly 75 tons of supplies, mostly fuel, into Stalingrad.


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Thursday, 26 November 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

Dry-Run Exercises with Machinery/Mechanics; Weapons; Torpedoes.

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The British 36th Brigade reaches Jefna, Tunisia and runs into an ambush of our troops, suffering heavy casualties. Meanwhile, the British 11th Brigade captures Majaz al Bab unopposed. The 1st Battalion of US 1st Armored Regiment raids the Axis airfield at Djedeida, shooting up 23 Ju 87 Stuka and 14 Bf 109 fighters.

Low cloud ceiling of 200 meters and periodic snow showers hinder our ability to supply our troops in Stalingrad, on this day.

After joint pursuit with U 159 (Kptlt. Helmut Friedrich Witte), U D 3 (ex Dutch submarine O 25; Krvkpt. Hermann Rigele) sank Norwegian ship "India" 5,041 tons in ER 9833, course 310°.
U 178 (IXD2; Kpt. Hans Ibbeken) has seen nothing since 26 November in area KY 95 to JJ 15. Fired a 2 shot spread which missed a freighter on 21 November in KY 9693, course 70°. Boat on return cruise.

U 181 (IXD2; Kptlt. Wolfgang Lüth) sank a freighter of 2,000 tons in KP 53, also the steamer "Corinthiakos" (3,562 tons) as well as the "Alcoa Pathfinder", 6,900 tons. No ships have left Lourenco Marques since 20 November. Shipping from the N.E. very hard to intercept because the N.E. border of the area is too near. Further sinkings were: "Mounthelmos" 6,481 tons in KP 6465, enroute Suez to Capetown and "Dorington Court" (5,281 tons) in KP 6158, course 290°.

U 608 (Kptlt. Rolf Struckmeier) one of the boats short of fuel near "Milkcow" U 460 (Kptlt. Ebe Schnoor), sighted a steamer in BD 7590 on course 190° and 2 hours later 3 smoke plumes on estimated N. course. Pursuit impossible because of lack of fuel
Since the weather has improved, re-supplying will begin today by Schnorr. Heavy weather has prevented this operation up to date. The boats have been cruising about for 6 days near the tanker and some have no fuel at all. This is even more unpleasant since a number of ships and destroyers have been encountered nearby, which must have come from convoys which have been broken up. Warning has been issued to these boats to give assistance to each other.

U 161 (Kptlt. Albrecht Achilles) is occupying ES 40 as attack area. "Milkcow" U 461 (Kptlt. Wolf-Harro Stiebler) gave anti-radar gear cables to U 519 (Kptlt. Günther Eppen) and U 515 (Kptlt. Werner Henke) as well as Junkers spare parts to U 185 (Kptlt. August Maus). U-Stiebler is moving southward, and is designated as refueling boat for other boats in this area. Rendezvous is planned for 9 days hence.

U 263 (Kptlt. Kurt Nölke) is sailing through Bay of Biscay according to plan and was in position BF 9716 at 0900 on 27 November.

A number of attack reports from ships as well as sighting reports by aircraft gives indication of the presence of a U-boat in BC and CC. It is possible that this boat is U 520 (Kptlt. Volkmar Schwartzkopff) which is believed lost but which may be unable to report because of breakdown of her radio gear. We must await further developments.

According to the proposal of B.d.U., boats are free to attack single ships in the area of route "Anton", N. of 25° N. and W. of 20° W., effective at once.

Yugoslavian Partisans convene the first meeting of the Anti-Fascist Council of National Liberation of Yugoslavia at Bihac in northwestern Bosnia.

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Thursday, 26 November 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

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The British 36th Brigade reaches Jefna, Tunisia and runs into an ambush of our troops, suffering heavy casualties. Meanwhile, the British 11th Brigade captures Majaz al Bab unopposed. The 1st Battalion of US 1st Armored Regiment raids the Axis airfield at Djedeida, shooting up 23 Ju 87 Stuka and 14 Bf 109 fighters.

Low cloud ceiling of 200 meters and periodic snow showers hinder our ability to supply our troops in Stalingrad, on this day.

After joint pursuit with U 159 (Kptlt. Helmut Friedrich Witte), U D 3 (ex Dutch submarine O 25; Krvkpt. Hermann Rigele) sank Norwegian ship "India" 5,041 tons in ER 9833, course 310°.
U 178 (IXD2; Kpt. Hans Ibbeken) has seen nothing since 26 November in area KY 95 to JJ 15. Fired a 2 shot spread which missed a freighter on 21 November in KY 9693, course 70°. Boat on return cruise.

U 181 (IXD2; Kptlt. Wolfgang Lüth) sank a freighter of 2,000 tons in KP 53, also the steamer "Corinthiakos" (3,562 tons) as well as the "Alcoa Pathfinder", 6,900 tons. No ships have left Lourenco Marques since 20 November. Shipping from the N.E. very hard to intercept because the N.E. border of the area is too near. Further sinkings were: "Mounthelmos" 6,481 tons in KP 6465, enroute Suez to Capetown and "Dorington Court" (5,281 tons) in KP 6158, course 290°.

U 608 (Kptlt. Rolf Struckmeier) one of the boats short of fuel near "Milkcow" U 460 (Kptlt. Ebe Schnoor), sighted a steamer in BD 7590 on course 190° and 2 hours later 3 smoke plumes on estimated N. course. Pursuit impossible because of lack of fuel
Since the weather has improved, re-supplying will begin today by Schnorr. Heavy weather has prevented this operation up to date. The boats have been cruising about for 6 days near the tanker and some have no fuel at all. This is even more unpleasant since a number of ships and destroyers have been encountered nearby, which must have come from convoys which have been broken up. Warning has been issued to these boats to give assistance to each other.

U 161 (Kptlt. Albrecht Achilles) is occupying ES 40 as attack area. "Milkcow" U 461 (Kptlt. Wolf-Harro Stiebler) gave anti-radar gear cables to U 519 (Kptlt. Günther Eppen) and U 515 (Kptlt. Werner Henke) as well as Junkers spare parts to U 185 (Kptlt. August Maus). U-Stiebler is moving southward, and is designated as refueling boat for other boats in this area. Rendezvous is planned for 9 days hence.

U 263 (Kptlt. Kurt Nölke) is sailing through Bay of Biscay according to plan and was in position BF 9716 at 0900 on 27 November.

A number of attack reports from ships as well as sighting reports by aircraft gives indication of the presence of a U-boat in BC and CC. It is possible that this boat is U 520 (Kptlt. Volkmar Schwartzkopff) which is believed lost but which may be unable to report because of breakdown of her radio gear. We must await further developments.

According to the proposal of B.d.U., boats are free to attack single ships in the area of route "Anton", N. of 25° N. and W. of 20° W., effective at once.

Yugoslavian Partisans convene the first meeting of the Anti-Fascist Council of National Liberation of Yugoslavia at Bihac in northwestern Bosnia.

U 648 (Oblt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) conducts U.A.K.-Training at Kiel.

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Friday, 27 November 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

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Axis forces stiffen resistance on the approaches to Tunis, as our forces in Tunisia counterattack, capturing 286 men from the British 11th Brigade.

Commanded by General Erich von Manstein, the Armeegruppe "Don" is formed in southern Russia, in order to relieve the 6th Army in Stalingrad.

U 663 (Kptlt. Heinrich Schmid) sank a steamer in AJ 8844, type "Clan Maquarry" (6,000 tons). Deck load consisted of aircraft and landing barges.

U 174 (FrgKpt. Ulrich Thilo) situation: Inner roads of Fortaleza empty. Lights extinguished along harbor but city was lit up. Shelling possible, no air patrols. Nothing seen in FB 60 and 91. Boat received FB 21 - 36 as new operational area since attacks on the harbor have not yet been authorized.

So far "Milkcow" U 461 (Kptlt. Wolf-Harro Stiebler) has supplied U 84 - 753 and 606. U 608 (Kptlt. Rolf Struckmeier) which was drifting and entirely out of fuel, was picked up by U 521 (Kptlt. Klaus Heinrich Bargsten) and will be refueled when the weather permits.

The former Spanish route was abolished because of the U.S. port of Baltimore and Norfolk are closed to neutral shipping. Ships now sail from entrance point CE 4956 to 38° N. westwards to the coast. Only destination is Philadelphia.

Attack area in the Mozambique route will immediately be broadened to 20° S.

As we occupy the naval base at Toulon, the French Navy scuttles warships to avoid capture.

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Friday, 27 November 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

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Axis forces stiffen resistance on the approaches to Tunis, as our forces in Tunisia counterattack, capturing 286 men from the British 11th Brigade.

Commanded by General Erich von Manstein, the Armeegruppe "Don" is formed in southern Russia, in order to relieve the 6th Army in Stalingrad.

U 663 (Kptlt. Heinrich Schmid) sank a steamer in AJ 8844, type "Clan Maquarry" (6,000 tons). Deck load consisted of aircraft and landing barges.

U 174 (FrgKpt. Ulrich Thilo) situation: Inner roads of Fortaleza empty. Lights extinguished along harbor but city was lit up. Shelling possible, no air patrols. Nothing seen in FB 60 and 91. Boat received FB 21 - 36 as new operational area since attacks on the harbor have not yet been authorized.

So far "Milkcow" U 461 (Kptlt. Wolf-Harro Stiebler) has supplied U 84 - 753 and 606. U 608 (Kptlt. Rolf Struckmeier) which was drifting and entirely out of fuel, was picked up by U 521 (Kptlt. Klaus Heinrich Bargsten) and will be refueled when the weather permits.

The former Spanish route was abolished because of the U.S. port of Baltimore and Norfolk are closed to neutral shipping. Ships now sail from entrance point CE 4956 to 38° N. westwards to the coast. Only destination is Philadelphia.

Attack area in the Mozambique route will immediately be broadened to 20° S.

As we occupy the naval base at Toulon, the French Navy scuttles warships to avoid capture.

U 648 (Oblt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) conducts U.A.K.-Training at Kiel.

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Saturday, 28 November 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

Dry-Run Exercises with Machinery/Mechanics; Weapons; Torpedoes.

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Infantry of British 11th Brigade and tanks of US 1st Armored Division attacke Djedeida, Tunisia unsuccessfully, losing 19 tanks in the process.

Because of especially heavy supply shipping and presence of 30 - 40 ships in Fedala and Casablanca (spy reports) U 618 (Oblt. Kurt Baberg) ordered there at high speed.

U 167 (IXC/40; Kptlt. Kurt Neubert) sighted "Empire Glade" in EF 2463 course 310. U-boat scored a number of hits during an artillery engagement but stopped pursuit at dawn.

U 161 (Kptlt. Albrecht Achilles) sank Dutch "Tojileboot", 5,760 T. in ES 7633 on 29 November. She blew up as she was torpedoed - no survivors.

U 177 (Kptlt. Robert Gysae) sank English auxiliary "Nova Scotia" cruiser (6,796 tons) in KP 8325, carrying over 1000 Italian internees from Massana. Two survivors taken on board and about 400 in lifeboats and rafts. Had to leave because of air patrols. Rescue activities impossible by U-boat traveling alone. Request orders regarding operations.

Single ships on the S. African - W. Indies route sometimes follow a course 75 miles wide from Capetown along the coast to 20° S., then spread out toward St. Helena - Ascension St. Paul Rocks. U 178 (IXD2; Kpt. Hans Ibbeken) ordered to intercept this activity on her return cruise.

U 552 (Kptlt. Klaus Popp, ex Topp) is to operate off Dakar as fuel permits since Free French merchant and warships are believed to be operating with the enemy in that area, receiving information from the Guallists. U 552 reports however that neither the fuel supply or the condition of the crew permits any further operation. U 552 is returning to port.

U 224 (Oblt. Hans-Carl Kosbadt) has been re-supplied by "Milkcow" U 460 (Kptlt. Ebe Schnoor).

U D 3 (ex Dutch submarine O 25; Krvkpt. Hermann Rigele) has transferred a total of 8 air torpedoes to U 159 (Kptlt. Helmut Friedrich Witte).

U-boats were informed of the departure of the Italian blockade runner "Cortellazzo".

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Saturday, 28 November 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

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Infantry of British 11th Brigade and tanks of US 1st Armored Division attacke Djedeida, Tunisia unsuccessfully, losing 19 tanks in the process.

Because of especially heavy supply shipping and presence of 30 - 40 ships in Fedala and Casablanca (spy reports) U 618 (Oblt. Kurt Baberg) ordered there at high speed.

U 167 (IXC/40; Kptlt. Kurt Neubert) sighted "Empire Glade" in EF 2463 course 310. U-boat scored a number of hits during an artillery engagement but stopped pursuit at dawn.

U 161 (Kptlt. Albrecht Achilles) sank Dutch "Tojileboot", 5,760 T. in ES 7633 on 29 November. She blew up as she was torpedoed - no survivors.

U 177 (Kptlt. Robert Gysae) sank English auxiliary "Nova Scotia" cruiser (6,796 tons) in KP 8325, carrying over 1000 Italian internees from Massana. Two survivors taken on board and about 400 in lifeboats and rafts. Had to leave because of air patrols. Rescue activities impossible by U-boat traveling alone. Request orders regarding operations.

Single ships on the S. African - W. Indies route sometimes follow a course 75 miles wide from Capetown along the coast to 20° S., then spread out toward St. Helena - Ascension St. Paul Rocks. U 178 (IXD2; Kpt. Hans Ibbeken) ordered to intercept this activity on her return cruise.

U 552 (Kptlt. Klaus Popp, ex Topp) is to operate off Dakar as fuel permits since Free French merchant and warships are believed to be operating with the enemy in that area, receiving information from the Guallists. U 552 reports however that neither the fuel supply or the condition of the crew permits any further operation. U 552 is returning to port.

U 224 (Oblt. Hans-Carl Kosbadt) has been re-supplied by "Milkcow" U 460 (Kptlt. Ebe Schnoor).

U D 3 (ex Dutch submarine O 25; Krvkpt. Hermann Rigele) has transferred a total of 8 air torpedoes to U 159 (Kptlt. Helmut Friedrich Witte).

U-boats were informed of the departure of the Italian blockade runner "Cortellazzo".

U 648 (Oblt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) conducts U.A.K.-Training at Kiel.

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Sunday, 29 November 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

Dry-Run Exercises with Machinery/Mechanics; Weapons; Torpedoes.

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British 2nd Parachute Battalion is dropped near Depienne airfield, Tunisia.

The Soviet Transcaucasus Front launches an offensive against our lines along the Terek River in the Caucasus region in southern Russia; it will be be halted within days.

Russian Light cruiser Voroshilov bombards Axis positions near Feodossija, Crimea, and is damaged by German naval mines.

French merchant and warships are to be sunk at once unless they have been especially reported as such. All Swedish ships not in Goeteborge traffic which are inside blockade area are to be sunk, after being stopped and after the crew has abandoned ship.

U 553 (KrvKpt. Karl Thurmann) is the first boat to put out equipped with F.A.T. torpedoes - put out to sea on 23 Nov. Boats at sea were instructed to act accordingly during combined attacks. Further equipping of boats follows according to yard capabilities.

U 181 (IXD2; Kptlt. Wolfgang Lüth) sank a freighter (4,500 tons) on 28 November in KP 3742 with torpedoes and gun fire. Portuguese "Inharrime" sighted in the same area, her flag and insignia were not illuminated.

U 178 (IXD2; Kpt. Hans Ibbeken) on 27 November sank American new ship "Jeremia Wadsworth" 8,000 tons in JJ 2557 course 0°. Allegedly enroute from New Orleans to Bombay.

U 177 (Kptlt. Robert Gysae) situation since the last sinking the E. sector off Durban has been quiet for 5 days. Great deal of shipping seen from 30 - 50° over RP 8530. Standing sea patrols. Raider sunk on 28 November was steering 210 at 14 knots. According to statement of the crew voyage from Aden to Durban lasted 9 1/2 days. Medium enemy activity under way.

U 608 (Kptlt. Rolf Struckmeier) had taken on 7 cubic meters from U 521 (Kptlt. Klaus Heinrich Bargsten) and is sailing for "Milkcow" U 460 (Kptlt. Ebe Schnoor). U-Schnoor has supplied U 43 and U 106.

Due to departure of the Italian blockade runner, the N. section of route "Anton" was closed by order and on 30 November at 1200 the following limitations lifted: area to E. from 30° West and on 2 December to N. of 35° North.

The United States begin to ration coffee.

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Sunday, 29 November 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

Dry-Run Exercises with Machinery/Mechanics; Weapons; Torpedoes.

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British 2nd Parachute Battalion is dropped near Depienne airfield, Tunisia.

The Soviet Transcaucasus Front launches an offensive against our lines along the Terek River in the Caucasus region in southern Russia; it will be be halted within days.

Russian Light cruiser Voroshilov bombards Axis positions near Feodossija, Crimea, and is damaged by German naval mines.

French merchant and warships are to be sunk at once unless they have been especially reported as such. All Swedish ships not in Goeteborge traffic which are inside blockade area are to be sunk, after being stopped and after the crew has abandoned ship.

U 553 (KrvKpt. Karl Thurmann) is the first boat to put out equipped with F.A.T. torpedoes - put out to sea on 23 Nov. Boats at sea were instructed to act accordingly during combined attacks. Further equipping of boats follows according to yard capabilities.

U 181 (IXD2; Kptlt. Wolfgang Lüth) sank a freighter (4,500 tons) on 28 November in KP 3742 with torpedoes and gun fire. Portuguese "Inharrime" sighted in the same area, her flag and insignia were not illuminated.

U 178 (IXD2; Kpt. Hans Ibbeken) on 27 November sank American new ship "Jeremia Wadsworth" 8,000 tons in JJ 2557 course 0°. Allegedly enroute from New Orleans to Bombay.

U 177 (Kptlt. Robert Gysae) situation since the last sinking the E. sector off Durban has been quiet for 5 days. Great deal of shipping seen from 30 - 50° over RP 8530. Standing sea patrols. Raider sunk on 28 November was steering 210 at 14 knots. According to statement of the crew voyage from Aden to Durban lasted 9 1/2 days. Medium enemy activity under way.

U 608 (Kptlt. Rolf Struckmeier) had taken on 7 cubic meters from U 521 (Kptlt. Klaus Heinrich Bargsten) and is sailing for "Milkcow" U 460 (Kptlt. Ebe Schnoor). U-Schnoor has supplied U 43 and U 106.

Due to departure of the Italian blockade runner, the N. section of route "Anton" was closed by order and on 30 November at 1200 the following limitations lifted: area to E. from 30° West and on 2 December to N. of 35° North.

The United States begin to ration coffee.

U 648 (Oblt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) conducts U.A.K.-Training at Kiel.

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Monday, 30 November 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

Dry-Run Exercises with Machinery/Mechanics; Weapons; Torpedoes.

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Luftwaffe VIII. Fliegerkorps is relieved of all its combat duties. Instead, its aircraft stationed across Rostov Oblast, Russia, are ordered to focus on flying supplies into Stalingrad.

British 2nd Parachute Battalion reaches high ground at Prise de L'Eau in Tunisia one day after having been dropped into the country.

U 618 (Oblt. Kurt Baberg) and U 432 (Kptlt. Heinz-Otto Schultze) are underway to DJ 20. Boats have orders to carry out short surprise attacks against harbors of Mehdia, Casablanca, and Mazagan and to act according to enemy counter attacks. These harbors, according to most recent information are debarkation ports for troops and material.

U 663 - 623 - 445 are sailing to be supplied by "Milkcow" U 460 (Kptlt. Ebe Schnoor) in BD 7415. Combined activity is proposed with Group "Westwall" on the American - Gibraltar convoy routes.

U 118 (XB; KrvKpt. Werner Czygan) has supplied U 564 - 519 - 86 - 92 and 653.

"Milkcow" U 461 (Kptlt. Wolf-Harro Stiebler) and U 505 (Kptlt. Peter Zschech) have met in DG 92 for transfer of anti-radar gear cable and a sick man.

U 513 (KrvKpt. Rolf Rüggeberg) has taken on pumps and nozzles from U 68 (KrvKpt. Karl-Friedrich Merten).

U 174 (FrgKpt. Ulrich Thilo) missed two shots on the C2 type ship as reported by U 172 (Kptlt. Carl Emmermann) course 260°, speed 17 knots, heavily armed. Possible pistol failure.

U 181 (IXD2; Kptlt. Wolfgang Lüth) sank Greek "Cleathis" 4,153 tons in KP 3525 with gunfire, ship was armed.

Attack on single ships along route "Anton" has been further prohibited as follows: From 2 December at 0000 N. of 35° N. from 4 December 0000 N. of 15° N. Complete prohibition is planned by about 8 December.

U 648 (Oblt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) conducts U.A.K.-Training at Kiel.

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Monday, 30 November 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

Dry-Run Exercises with Machinery/Mechanics; Weapons; Torpedoes.

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Luftwaffe VIII. Fliegerkorps is relieved of all its combat duties. Instead, its aircraft stationed across Rostov Oblast, Russia, are ordered to focus on flying supplies into Stalingrad.

British 2nd Parachute Battalion reaches high ground at Prise de L'Eau in Tunisia one day after having been dropped into the country.

U 618 (Oblt. Kurt Baberg) and U 432 (Kptlt. Heinz-Otto Schultze) are underway to DJ 20. Boats have orders to carry out short surprise attacks against harbors of Mehdia, Casablanca, and Mazagan and to act according to enemy counter attacks. These harbors, according to most recent information are debarkation ports for troops and material.

U 663 - 623 - 445 are sailing to be supplied by "Milkcow" U 460 (Kptlt. Ebe Schnoor) in BD 7415. Combined activity is proposed with Group "Westwall" on the American - Gibraltar convoy routes.

U 118 (XB; KrvKpt. Werner Czygan) has supplied U 564 - 519 - 86 - 92 and 653.

"Milkcow" U 461 (Kptlt. Wolf-Harro Stiebler) and U 505 (Kptlt. Peter Zschech) have met in DG 92 for transfer of anti-radar gear cable and a sick man.

U 513 (KrvKpt. Rolf Rüggeberg) has taken on pumps and nozzles from U 68 (KrvKpt. Karl-Friedrich Merten).

U 174 (FrgKpt. Ulrich Thilo) missed two shots on the C2 type ship as reported by U 172 (Kptlt. Carl Emmermann) course 260°, speed 17 knots, heavily armed. Possible pistol failure.

U 181 (IXD2; Kptlt. Wolfgang Lüth) sank Greek "Cleathis" 4,153 tons in KP 3525 with gunfire, ship was armed.

Attack on single ships along route "Anton" has been further prohibited as follows: From 2 December at 0000 N. of 35° N. from 4 December 0000 N. of 15° N. Complete prohibition is planned by about 8 December.

U 648 (Oblt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) conducts U.A.K.-Training at Kiel.

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Tuesday, 1 December 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

Dry-Run Exercises with Machinery/Mechanics; Weapons; Torpedoes.

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The "Grado" Battalion of the "San Marco" naval infantry regiment of Italian Navy, is attached to our Army units in Tunisia. Our 10th Panzer Division launches a counterattack in Tunisia, pushing back the British 11th Brigade. Meanwhile, British 2nd Parachute Brigade crosses Miliane River south of Oudna airfield and continues northwest toward El Fedja.

After supplying U 564 - 519 - 86 - 92 - 653 orders are to occupy the intended reconnaissance lines to cover the America - Gibraltar convoy traffic. U 106 has recently joined Group "Westwall". Boats received orders to patrol in reconnaissance channels from CE 1363 - CE 4966 on 3.12. at 0800, course W., daily reckoning 160 miles in the following order: U 106 - 103 - 130 - 515 - 155 - 91 - 185 - 564 - 519 - 86 - 92 and 653.

The verbal reports of the Captains of U 263 (Kptlt. Kurt Nölke) and U 613 (Kptlt. Helmut Köppe) completely back up the accuracy of the resolution to move westward from the Gibraltar area. Both Captains' reports are in agreement regarding the very strong and dangerous air patrols which forced boats to remain submerged for excessive lengths of time. The fact that both boats returned to W. France in spite of heavy damage is on the one side, due to the outstanding quality of German U-boats, on the other side, due to the aggressive and unshakeable character of the crews, especially the Captains. As long as such crews (both boats on 1st war cruise) come from the homeland, one need have no misgivings regarding the future of the U-boat war. Also if the war becomes more difficult, these men will meet it with still greater fortitude.
In spite of these difficult circumstances which made the operations of larger numbers of U-boats W. of Gibraltar useless, 2 have closed the Moroccan harbors, through use of U 618 (Oblt. Kurt Baberg) and U 432 (Kptlt. Heinz-Otto Schultze). The possibility to gain something by sending single boats close to the coast must at least be attempted.

(Signed): DÖNITZ.

Italian blockade runner "Cortelazzo" was attacked by an English cruiser in BE 8481 at 1600 and was scuttled by the crew. Returning boats received orders, as far as fuel situation allows, to proceed at high speed to scene of the action and to take the crew on board. The first 5 boats can be in position after about 26 hours - 3 more with course of the 3rd and three more in the morning of the 4th/12. A U-boat coming from the E. goes to meet a life boat sailing to Spain. On assembly the boats are to begin the search according to weather conditions and drift. It is intended to use 3 Condor (rec. planes) on the 2nd.

U 648 (Oblt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) conducts U.A.K.-Training at Kiel.

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Tuesday, 1 December 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

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The "Grado" Battalion of the "San Marco" naval infantry regiment of Italian Navy, is attached to our Army units in Tunisia. Our 10th Panzer Division launches a counterattack in Tunisia, pushing back the British 11th Brigade. Meanwhile, British 2nd Parachute Brigade crosses Miliane River south of Oudna airfield and continues northwest toward El Fedja.

After supplying U 564 - 519 - 86 - 92 - 653 orders are to occupy the intended reconnaissance lines to cover the America - Gibraltar convoy traffic. U 106 has recently joined Group "Westwall". Boats received orders to patrol in reconnaissance channels from CE 1363 - CE 4966 on 3.12. at 0800, course W., daily reckoning 160 miles in the following order: U 106 - 103 - 130 - 515 - 155 - 91 - 185 - 564 - 519 - 86 - 92 and 653.

The verbal reports of the Captains of U 263 (Kptlt. Kurt Nölke) and U 613 (Kptlt. Helmut Köppe) completely back up the accuracy of the resolution to move westward from the Gibraltar area. Both Captains' reports are in agreement regarding the very strong and dangerous air patrols which forced boats to remain submerged for excessive lengths of time. The fact that both boats returned to W. France in spite of heavy damage is on the one side, due to the outstanding quality of German U-boats, on the other side, due to the aggressive and unshakeable character of the crews, especially the Captains. As long as such crews (both boats on 1st war cruise) come from the homeland, one need have no misgivings regarding the future of the U-boat war. Also if the war becomes more difficult, these men will meet it with still greater fortitude.
In spite of these difficult circumstances which made the operations of larger numbers of U-boats W. of Gibraltar useless, 2 have closed the Moroccan harbors, through use of U 618 (Oblt. Kurt Baberg) and U 432 (Kptlt. Heinz-Otto Schultze). The possibility to gain something by sending single boats close to the coast must at least be attempted.

(Signed): DÖNITZ.

Italian blockade runner "Cortelazzo" was attacked by an English cruiser in BE 8481 at 1600 and was scuttled by the crew. Returning boats received orders, as far as fuel situation allows, to proceed at high speed to scene of the action and to take the crew on board. The first 5 boats can be in position after about 26 hours - 3 more with course of the 3rd and three more in the morning of the 4th/12. A U-boat coming from the E. goes to meet a life boat sailing to Spain. On assembly the boats are to begin the search according to weather conditions and drift. It is intended to use 3 Condor (rec. planes) on the 2nd.

U 648 (Oblt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) conducts U.A.K.-Training at Kiel.

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Wednesday, 2 December 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

Dry-Run Exercises with Machinery/Mechanics; Weapons; Torpedoes.

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U-boat Success in November 1942.


1) U-boat success in November reached a new high and will probably mount to 900,000 T. The time has come to regard these results in a true light and to give propaganda proper guidance in this connection.

2) Merchant ship sinkings, losses and serious damage to U-boats, which will not be changed appreciably amount to: in N. Atlantic: 300,000 T. 5 lost, 1 badly damaged. Remainder of the Atlantic except Gibraltar area: 360,000 T. none lost, one heavily damaged. Gibraltar - Morocco area: 70,000 T., 3 lost, 5 badly damaged. Mediterranean: 100,000 T., 5 lost, 8 badly damaged. Arctic: 35,000 T. none lost or damaged.

3) The evaluation of these figures is as follows:
a) A good three quarters of the sinkings were in the open Atlantic a great preponderance at the beginning of the month, before the beginning of the African operation. Success fell off appreciably after withdrawal of boats for the Gibraltar area. As already reported in the opinion of B.d.U. the initial success in the Atlantic was conditioned by lack of counter measures in connection with the African landings.
Losses in the Atlantic maintained themselves in normal times, namely one boat for each 130,000 tons.
b) The success in operations against the enemy in the approaches to Africa west of Gibraltar-Morocco and in the Mediterranean comprise only one fifth of the total results. It must be pointed out that the firm position of the enemy at the time of the landing resulted in the heaviest losses, namely 1 boat for every 20,000 tons sunk and in addition a much higher percentage of boats heavily damaged. The losses in this area are therefore percentage wise more than six times as high as those in the entire Atlantic, about the North Atlantic. The average operational time of the 19 boats was only 8 days and of these boats none was in action 13 days after the beginning of the operation.
c) Results in the Arctic are of no numerical importance.

4) The outlook for December is unfavorable. According to the record month of November the smallest results are to be expected because:
a) The favorable conditions in the Atlantic cannot be taken advantage of because of withdrawal of boats to the Mediterranean and the Gibraltar-Morocco area.
b) In the Capetown area there are only 2 boats, which will probably have fired all their torpedoes in the course of the month.
c) The counter measures off Gibraltar in spite of aggressive operations, have succeeded and attacks in this area can expect only losses without the corresponding possibilities of success. That prospects in intercepting the enemy in the approaches are smaller, has already been reported.
d) Fewer targets can be expected in the Mediterranean after the first stream of shipping has ceased, the number of boats was raised 50% more during November and the defences remained the same.

5) Conclusions in brief:
a) Success in November have no connection with operations against African shipping. The prospects of these operations are meager. The opposition propaganda in the press will make false reports and will wreck damage in the long run.
b) After the record month of November, December must fall off perceptibly.

6) U-boat command and U-boats are ready and willing to fight under most difficult conditions. B.d.U. however, is of the opinion that the command must make a clear picture so that the relationship between losses and success is factual. The foregoing situation report alone serves this point.
The U-boat arm will also fight in the future under the most difficult conditions wherever they may be committed.

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U 648 (Oblt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) concludes U.A.K.-Training at Kiel.

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Wednesday, 2 December 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

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U-boat Success in November 1942.


1) U-boat success in November reached a new high and will probably mount to 900,000 T. The time has come to regard these results in a true light and to give propaganda proper guidance in this connection.

2) Merchant ship sinkings, losses and serious damage to U-boats, which will not be changed appreciably amount to: in N. Atlantic: 300,000 T. 5 lost, 1 badly damaged. Remainder of the Atlantic except Gibraltar area: 360,000 T. none lost, one heavily damaged. Gibraltar - Morocco area: 70,000 T., 3 lost, 5 badly damaged. Mediterranean: 100,000 T., 5 lost, 8 badly damaged. Arctic: 35,000 T. none lost or damaged.

3) The evaluation of these figures is as follows:
a) A good three quarters of the sinkings were in the open Atlantic a great preponderance at the beginning of the month, before the beginning of the African operation. Success fell off appreciably after withdrawal of boats for the Gibraltar area. As already reported in the opinion of B.d.U. the initial success in the Atlantic was conditioned by lack of counter measures in connection with the African landings.
Losses in the Atlantic maintained themselves in normal times, namely one boat for each 130,000 tons.
b) The success in operations against the enemy in the approaches to Africa west of Gibraltar-Morocco and in the Mediterranean comprise only one fifth of the total results. It must be pointed out that the firm position of the enemy at the time of the landing resulted in the heaviest losses, namely 1 boat for every 20,000 tons sunk and in addition a much higher percentage of boats heavily damaged. The losses in this area are therefore percentage wise more than six times as high as those in the entire Atlantic, about the North Atlantic. The average operational time of the 19 boats was only 8 days and of these boats none was in action 13 days after the beginning of the operation.
c) Results in the Arctic are of no numerical importance.

4) The outlook for December is unfavorable. According to the record month of November the smallest results are to be expected because:
a) The favorable conditions in the Atlantic cannot be taken advantage of because of withdrawal of boats to the Mediterranean and the Gibraltar-Morocco area.
b) In the Capetown area there are only 2 boats, which will probably have fired all their torpedoes in the course of the month.
c) The counter measures off Gibraltar in spite of aggressive operations, have succeeded and attacks in this area can expect only losses without the corresponding possibilities of success. That prospects in intercepting the enemy in the approaches are smaller, has already been reported.
d) Fewer targets can be expected in the Mediterranean after the first stream of shipping has ceased, the number of boats was raised 50% more during November and the defences remained the same.

5) Conclusions in brief:
a) Success in November have no connection with operations against African shipping. The prospects of these operations are meager. The opposition propaganda in the press will make false reports and will wreck damage in the long run.
b) After the record month of November, December must fall off perceptibly.

6) U-boat command and U-boats are ready and willing to fight under most difficult conditions. B.d.U. however, is of the opinion that the command must make a clear picture so that the relationship between losses and success is factual. The foregoing situation report alone serves this point.
The U-boat arm will also fight in the future under the most difficult conditions wherever they may be committed.

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U 648 (Oblt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) concludes U.A.K.-Training at Kiel.

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Thursday, 3 December 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

Dry-Run Exercises with Machinery/Mechanics; Weapons; Torpedoes.

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U-boats early December 1942.

I. In service on 1 November 1942: 368
In service in November: 23
Subtotal1: 391
Lost in November: 15
Temporarily out of order: 1
Subtotal2: 375
Foreign U-boats: 7
Total: 382

Losses in November:
Atlantic 3 (98, 411, 173)
Otherwise in Atlantic 5 (132, 658, 520, 184, 517)
Mediterranean 6 (660, 605, 595, 559, 331, 259)
In Training 1 (272)

Consisting of:
Type VIIC:
U 98 Eichmann. Experienced boat. New Commander. Middle of November W. of Gibraltar. No information.
U 132 Vogelsang. Veteran boat. At the beginning of November in action with a convoy in N. Atlantic.
U 259 Köpke. Second trip. Middle November. Mediterranean.
U 272 Hepp. On 12.11. during training in the Baltic. Rammed and sunk.
U 411 Spindlegger. Second trip. New Commander. In the middle of November W. of Gibraltar.
U 559 Heidtmann. Veteran boat. At the end of October in Eastern Mediterranean. Part of the crew taken prisoner.
U 595 Quaet - Faslem. Second trip. Bombed in the middle of the Mediterranean, later presumably scuttled off the coast of Africa. Part of crew taken prisoner.
U 605 Schutze. Second trip. Middle of November. Mediterranean.
U 658 Senkl. Second trip. Last message 20.11. May have been lost to convoy in North Atlantic.
U 660 Baur. Second trip. Middle of November. In Mediterranean. Crew for the most part taken prisoner.
U 331 von Tiesenhausen. Middle of November. Mediterranean.

Type IXC
U 173 Schweichel. Second Trip. New Commander. Middle of November. West of Gibraltar.
U 184 Dangschat. First trip, experienced Commander. Middle of November to convoy in North Atlantic.
U 517 Hatwig. Second trip. On outward voyage west of Biscay. Air attack.
U 520 Schwarzkopf. First trip. Last message 27.10. E. of Newfoundland.

By far the most sinkings can presumably be attributed to air attacks.

II. Distribution:
In action : 203
On trials: 110
In training: 62
Total: 375

III. In November (without foreign boats):
Total added +7
Number of boats in action deducted -4
Number of trial boats added + 11

IV. Number of boats in action on 1 December 1942:

Atlantic (without foreign boats) 154 plus 2 foreign boats.
Mediterranean (including 4 proceeding from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean 24
the North Sea 23
Black Sea 2

The number of boats in action in the Atlantic has decreased to 6, owing to losses and boats being sent to the Mediterranean.

V. Number of boats in the Atlantic in November:
On an average, at sea during the day 94.9 boats
Of these, in the Op. area 38.2 boats
Of these, outward bound 56.7 boats
Of these, returning to base 24.5 boats

VI. Number of boats which put out in November:
From home bases 11 boats.
From Western France 42 boats.
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U 648 (Oblt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) conducts an 8h A.K. cruise to Saßnitz. At 1700, the U.A.K. representative disembarks.

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Thursday, 3 December 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

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U-boats early December 1942.

I. In service on 1 November 1942: 368
In service in November: 23
Subtotal1: 391
Lost in November: 15
Temporarily out of order: 1
Subtotal2: 375
Foreign U-boats: 7
Total: 382

Losses in November:
Atlantic 3 (98, 411, 173)
Otherwise in Atlantic 5 (132, 658, 520, 184, 517)
Mediterranean 6 (660, 605, 595, 559, 331, 259)
In Training 1 (272)

Consisting of:
Type VIIC:
U 98 Eichmann. Experienced boat. New Commander. Middle of November W. of Gibraltar. No information.
U 132 Vogelsang. Veteran boat. At the beginning of November in action with a convoy in N. Atlantic.
U 259 Köpke. Second trip. Middle November. Mediterranean.
U 272 Hepp. On 12.11. during training in the Baltic. Rammed and sunk.
U 411 Spindlegger. Second trip. New Commander. In the middle of November W. of Gibraltar.
U 559 Heidtmann. Veteran boat. At the end of October in Eastern Mediterranean. Part of the crew taken prisoner.
U 595 Quaet - Faslem. Second trip. Bombed in the middle of the Mediterranean, later presumably scuttled off the coast of Africa. Part of crew taken prisoner.
U 605 Schutze. Second trip. Middle of November. Mediterranean.
U 658 Senkl. Second trip. Last message 20.11. May have been lost to convoy in North Atlantic.
U 660 Baur. Second trip. Middle of November. In Mediterranean. Crew for the most part taken prisoner.
U 331 von Tiesenhausen. Middle of November. Mediterranean.

Type IXC
U 173 Schweichel. Second Trip. New Commander. Middle of November. West of Gibraltar.
U 184 Dangschat. First trip, experienced Commander. Middle of November to convoy in North Atlantic.
U 517 Hatwig. Second trip. On outward voyage west of Biscay. Air attack.
U 520 Schwarzkopf. First trip. Last message 27.10. E. of Newfoundland.

By far the most sinkings can presumably be attributed to air attacks.

II. Distribution:
In action : 203
On trials: 110
In training: 62
Total: 375

III. In November (without foreign boats):
Total added +7
Number of boats in action deducted -4
Number of trial boats added + 11

IV. Number of boats in action on 1 December 1942:

Atlantic (without foreign boats) 154 plus 2 foreign boats.
Mediterranean (including 4 proceeding from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean 24
the North Sea 23
Black Sea 2

The number of boats in action in the Atlantic has decreased to 6, owing to losses and boats being sent to the Mediterranean.

V. Number of boats in the Atlantic in November:
On an average, at sea during the day 94.9 boats
Of these, in the Op. area 38.2 boats
Of these, outward bound 56.7 boats
Of these, returning to base 24.5 boats

VI. Number of boats which put out in November:
From home bases 11 boats.
From Western France 42 boats.
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U 648 (Oblt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) conducts an 8h A.K. cruise to Saßnitz. At 1700, the U.A.K. representative disembarks.

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Friday, 4 December 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

Dry-Run Exercises with Machinery/Mechanics; Weapons; Torpedoes.

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B-24 bombers of US 12th Air Force bomb Naples, Italy; They are the first American aircraft to operate against Italy. The Church of Santa Chiara is damaged in the attack, damaging much of the interior decorations put in between 1742 and 1762

British 2nd Parachute Battalion link up with US troops near Medjez-el-Bab in northern Tunisia.

U 118 (XB; Korvkpt. Werner Czygan) has supplied the boats U 124 - 105 and U 160 (Kptlt. Georg Lassen) and begins the return voyage.

U 611 (Kptlt. Nikolaus von Jacobs) has taken 70 cubic meters of fuel on board from "Milkcow" U 460 (Kptlt. Ebe Schnoor).

U 258 (Kptlt. Wilhelm von Mässenhausen) is on the return voyage owing to the illness of the Commander. The boat has been destined for the Mediterranean. U 257 (Kptlt. Heinz Rahe) has been ordered to take her place.

U 181 (IXD2; Kptlt. Wolfgang Lüth) reports that the hydrophone gear installed in type IXD2 is very bad in seaway 4 in swell. It is suggested that at least in the newly constructed large boats hydrophone deep steering rudders should be fitted.

US President Franklin D. Roosevelt closes down the Works Progress Administration, because of the high levels of wartime employment in the United States.

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U 648 (Oblt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) cruises to Rönne, Bornholm.

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Friday, 4 December 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

Dry-Run Exercises with Machinery/Mechanics; Weapons; Torpedoes.

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B-24 bombers of US 12th Air Force bomb Naples, Italy; They are the first American aircraft to operate against Italy. The Church of Santa Chiara is damaged in the attack, damaging much of the interior decorations put in between 1742 and 1762

British 2nd Parachute Battalion link up with US troops near Medjez-el-Bab in northern Tunisia.

U 118 (XB; Korvkpt. Werner Czygan) has supplied the boats U 124 - 105 and U 160 (Kptlt. Georg Lassen) and begins the return voyage.

U 611 (Kptlt. Nikolaus von Jacobs) has taken 70 cubic meters of fuel on board from "Milkcow" U 460 (Kptlt. Ebe Schnoor).

U 258 (Kptlt. Wilhelm von Mässenhausen) is on the return voyage owing to the illness of the Commander. The boat has been destined for the Mediterranean. U 257 (Kptlt. Heinz Rahe) has been ordered to take her place.

U 181 (IXD2; Kptlt. Wolfgang Lüth) reports that the hydrophone gear installed in type IXD2 is very bad in seaway 4 in swell. It is suggested that at least in the newly constructed large boats hydrophone deep steering rudders should be fitted.

US President Franklin D. Roosevelt closes down the Works Progress Administration, because of the high levels of wartime employment in the United States.

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U 648 (Oblt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) cruises to Rönne, Bornholm.

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Saturday, 5 December 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

Dry-Run Exercises with Machinery/Mechanics; Weapons; Torpedoes.

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Despite heavy fog, 17 He 111 and about 50 Ju 52/3m aircraft are able to fly 150 tons of supplies into Stalingrad.

Aircraft Carrier Graf Zeppelin is towed to Kiel.

Group "Westwall" remains on patrol from CD 2243 to 5846 from 6 Dec. The point of intersection of the great circle America - Gibraltar and the route for ON convoys lies here.

New position for U 214 (VIID; Kptlt. Günther Reeder) in ED 99.

U 443 (Oblt. Konstantin von Puttkamer) has passed through the Straits of Gibraltar and therefore comes under the F.O. U-boats, Mediterranean.

U 591 (Kptlt. Hans-Jürgen Zetzsche) was bombed in AM 5253 and sustained damage to electrical engine. Boat remains fit for action.

U 154 (KrvKpt. Heinrich Schuch) has not encountered traffic in EP since 21 Nov.

U 134 (Kptlt. Rudolf Schendel) is ready for 3 more weeks operations after refueling.

Executive Order No. 9-27 is issued in the United States, placing all services under the provisions of the Selective Service Act.

U 648 (Oblt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) lies in Rönne, Bornholm, due to bad weather and enemy mines in the silent running testing area.

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Saturday, 5 December 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

Dry-Run Exercises with Machinery/Mechanics; Weapons; Torpedoes.

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Despite heavy fog, 17 He 111 and about 50 Ju 52/3m aircraft are able to fly 150 tons of supplies into Stalingrad.

Aircraft Carrier Graf Zeppelin is towed to Kiel.

Group "Westwall" remains on patrol from CD 2243 to 5846 from 6 Dec. The point of intersection of the great circle America - Gibraltar and the route for ON convoys lies here.

New position for U 214 (VIID; Kptlt. Günther Reeder) in ED 99.

U 443 (Oblt. Konstantin von Puttkamer) has passed through the Straits of Gibraltar and therefore comes under the F.O. U-boats, Mediterranean.

U 591 (Kptlt. Hans-Jürgen Zetzsche) was bombed in AM 5253 and sustained damage to electrical engine. Boat remains fit for action.

U 154 (KrvKpt. Heinrich Schuch) has not encountered traffic in EP since 21 Nov.

U 134 (Kptlt. Rudolf Schendel) is ready for 3 more weeks operations after refueling.

Executive Order No. 9-27 is issued in the United States, placing all services under the provisions of the Selective Service Act.

U 648 (Oblt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) lies in Rönne, Bornholm, due to bad weather and enemy mines in the silent running testing area.

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Sunday, 6 December 1942 - Gotenhafen-Oxhöft

Work-up's and Trials with the U.A.K. (Kpt.z.S.R. BRÄUTIGAM), the 2nd Training Division (U.L.D.; Freg.Kpt.d.R. Ernst HASSHAGEN) and 22nd U-Flotilla (Korvkpt. Wilhelm Ambrosius):

Dry-Run Exercises with Machinery/Mechanics; Weapons; Torpedoes.

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In Operation BG 5, Italian auxiliary ship Olterra launches three manned torpedoes against Gibraltar; they fail to cause any damage.

U 301 (Kptlt. Willy-Roderich Körner): Single and double miss on destroyer group using hydrophone and radar. Torpedoes were dodged.

Sinkings:

U 515 (Kptlt. Werner Henke) sank troop transport "Ceramic" (18,713 GRT) in CD 2927. Course 110°, speed 16 knots.

U 155 (Kptlt. Adolf Cornelius Piening) sank freighter of 7,000 GRT, course 140° in CD 2858.

U 103 (Oblt. Gustav-Adolf Janssen) sank "Henery Stanley" (5,026 GRT) carrying dynamite from Liverpool to Freetown in CD 2611.

All sinkings therefore in patrol channel of Group "Westwall". It is likely that both freighters belonged to an "ON" convoy and were making the attempt to reach Freetown unescorted. This would be a confirmation of the fact that the traffic of SL convoys has been discontinued.

"Operation Frankton" has Royal Navy submarines drop off commandos to raid our shipping up the River Gironde in Bordeaux Harbor.

U 648 (Oblt.z.S.d.R. Peter-Arthur Stahl) lies in Rönne, Bornholm, due to bad weather and enemy mines in the silent running testing area.

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