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The Last World War II U-Boat Commander Has Died at 105

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The Last World War II U-Boat Commander Has Died at 105

 

Millitary.com 24 Jun 2018 By Richard Sisk

Four months after the Pearl Harbor attacks, Kapitanleutnant Reinhard Hardegen decided that Americans should see for themselves what war with Adolf Hitler's Germany was going to look like.

He began with Florida sunbathers. On April 11, 1942, Hardegen's submarine, U-123, torpedoed the tanker SS Gulfamerica off Jacksonville. He maneuvered U-123 around the flaming wreck and surfaced between the SS Gulfamerica and the beach. He sank it with U-123's deck gun.

 

Hardegen later wrote in his log: "All the vacationers had seen an impressive special performance at [President Franklin D.] Roosevelt's expense. A burning tanker, artillery fire, the silhouette of a U-boat -- how often had that been seen in America?"

 

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It is strange how he sank American oil tankers and later on made business deals with them.

On the other hand, time passes by, so why care too much lolz

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1 minute ago, LemonadeWarrior said:

It is strange how he sank American oil tankers and later on made business deals with them.

On the other hand, time passes by, so why care too much lolz

 

I remember reading about an 101st Airborne paratrooper that later met a German soldier who fought in Normandy on D-Day. They started swapping stories and eventually realized that they were shooting at each other behind the beachhead during the night as D-Day kicked off. Surreal.

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42 minutes ago, Kizarvexis said:

Hardegen later wrote in his log: "All the vacationers had seen an impressive special performance at [President Franklin D.] Roosevelt's expense. A burning tanker, artillery fire, the silhouette of a U-boat -- how often had that been seen in America?"

 

Whoa, heh.

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21 minutes ago, Kizarvexis said:

 

I remember reading about an 101st Airborne paratrooper that later met a German soldier who fought in Normandy on D-Day. They started swapping stories and eventually realized that they were shooting at each other behind the beachhead during the night as D-Day kicked off. Surreal.

Oh wow, surreal is indeed the right word.

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45 minutes ago, Kizarvexis said:

 

I remember reading about an 101st Airborne paratrooper that later met a German soldier who fought in Normandy on D-Day. They started swapping stories and eventually realized that they were shooting at each other behind the beachhead during the night as D-Day kicked off. Surreal.

War is not only hell it is often strange.

 

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8 minutes ago, BrushWolf said:

War is not only hell it is often strange.

 

That is soo cool.

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1 minute ago, Kizarvexis said:

That is soo cool.

During one of the 19th century anniversaries of Gettysburg there was a reenactment of Pickets charge by the veterans of both sides and when they got close both sides threw down their weapons and ran to embrace the "enemy" troops. Combat veterans often have more in common with their late enemies than with their own people.

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2 minutes ago, BrushWolf said:

During one of the 19th century anniversaries of Gettysburg there was a reenactment of Pickets charge by the veterans of both sides and when they got close both sides threw down their weapons and ran to embrace the "enemy" troops. Combat veterans often have more in common with their late enemies than with their own people.

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4 hours ago, Kizarvexis said:

 

I remember reading about an 101st Airborne paratrooper that later met a German soldier who fought in Normandy on D-Day. They started swapping stories and eventually realized that they were shooting at each other behind the beachhead during the night as D-Day kicked off. Surreal.

Woah.

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