My W a y To Scapa Flow
Scarce book about the biography of Gunther Prien.
Born 16 Jan, 1908 Osterfeld, Thuringen
Died 7 Mar, 1941 North Atlantic
Günther Prien, Korvettenkapitän (Crew 33);
Sank 31 ships for a total of 191.918 tons
8 ships damaged for a total of 62.751 tons
64 photo pages with many b/w photos
In good exterior and near very good interior condition.
Spine slanted, boards and spine lightly soiled, name on front free endpaper. Hinges partly exposed, but still tight. Otherwise ok.
All pages are complete and tight in the binding.
Approx/Measurements: 8-1/4" x 6-7/8" ~1.0 lbs.
from Prien, Gunter
Published by Dt. Company Berlin
U-47 17 Dec, 1938 - 7 Mar, 1941 (+) 10 patrols (228 days)
Günther Prien joined the Reichsmarine in January 1931 after sailing some years on trade ships. After a year on the light cruiser Königsberg, he transferred in October 1935 to the U-boot force. In 1938 he was on U-26 under Kptlt. Hartmann patrolling in Spanish waters during the Civil War.
With his own boat U47 he became famous for his 14 October, 1939 sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak in the heavily defended British North Fleet main harbor at Scapa Flow. Churchill himself wrote about this outstanding feat of arms of a German U-boat commander. Prien was the first U-boat commander to win the Knights Cross.
25 Sep, 1939 Iron Cross 2nd Class
17 Oct, 1939 Iron Cross 1st Class
18 Oct, 1939 Knights Cross
20 Oct, 1940 Knights Cross with Oak Leaves
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