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Brandenburger in North Africa

Beitragvon Kuno » 17/12/2008, 17:17

Colleagues;

I am looking for all kind of publications dealing with the subject "Brandenburger in North Africa".

If you know any such books or other publications - please list them below :arrow:
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Beitragvon Desertrat » 1/6/2009, 16:04

I guess that you may not find, what you are looking for. I am not aware about anything really serious. Vague information and some myths. That's all.
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Re: Brandenburger in North Africa

Beitragvon landser162 » 31/12/2018, 03:42

Hello to all :D; a bit late I'm afraid but.......................

Sabotagetruppe "HAI" 1941.

At the beginning of August, 1941, seven men were sent to the H.Q. of the Lehrregiment Brandenburg at Berlin, and practised for a week laying demolition charges beneath a railway line. They drew tropical kit. On 28th August they left Berlin by air for Athens, where they reported to Hauptmann Schiffbager, an officer attached to Abwehr II (Secret Service) at Athens. They attempted to leave Athens on 31st August by air, but their Do.24 crashed into the quay and the attempt was abandoned. They were then instructed to embark in U 331 on 12th November.

U 331 sailed from Salamis on her third patrol at 1900 on 12th November, 1941. Before sailing she embarked a sabotage party, which Tiesenhausen had been ordered to land at a given point on the North African coast, its mission being to destroy a section of British railway line. He was then to wait for them and bring them back to Salamis. The embarkation of the sabotage party had been kept secret from U 331's ship's company until the last minute. The party brought its own rubber dinghy, in which it was to be landed.

The party consisted of:
Leutnant Josef Kiefer, 17th Co., 2nd Batallion Lehrregiment Brandenburg (in command).
Feldwebel Adolf Risch, 1st Co., 1st Battalion Lehrregiment Brandenburg.
Obergefreiter Werner Schoeler, 5th Co., 3rd Battalion Lehrregiment Brandenburg.
Gefreiter, Josef von der Lahr, 5th Co., 3rd Battalion Lehrregiment Brandenburg.
Pionier Josef Handrischik, 5th Co., 3rd Battalion Lehrregiment Brandenburg.
Pionier Otto Pralle, 5th Co., 3rd Battalion Lehrregiment Brandenburg.
Pionier Hermann Boebs, 5th Co. 3rd Battalion Lehrregiment Brandenburg.

Disembarkation of Sabotage Party. On arrival off the given point on the North African coast, the sabotage party was duly landed. One of U 331's complement, Matrosengefreiter Wolfgang Eberta, Tiesenhausen's servant, being detailed to assist the navigation of the rubber dinghy and wait until the party re-embarked. On the night of 17th November, after waiting off shore for twenty-four hours owing to the heavy sea, U 331 approached to within one mile of the coast at a point between Ras Gibeisa and Ras el Schaqiq, where demolition charges were to be placed beneath the coastal railway line. The party then boarded the rubber dinghy and proceeded towards shore. Their equipment consisted of: 1 light machine-gun, 5 machine pistols, 9 stick hand grenades, 2 Very pistols, 1 signalling lamp, 4 pairs field-glasses, 3 compasses, 3 knapsacks, 3 demolition mines (later captured), Meat, Biscuits, British money.

A wireless transmitter was left behind, as it was considered too clumsy and heavy. It consisted of a laryngeal microphone enabling softly-voiced sounds to be transmitted. It was agreed that U 331 should return to the same position on the following night, where she would fire a green Very light to indicate her presence. The party was to fire red Very lights. The sabotage party landed safely and set about its work, leaving two men to stand by the dinghy. These two were later surprised by sentries but they overpowered them.

The following night, the party tried to re-embark. The dinghy, however, capsized in the surf, the gear was lost and the Very cartridges were put out of action by the sea water. The party therefore returned to the shore, where they were all captured a few hours later. Ebertz was found to be wearing a British army shirt with von Tiesenhausen's name. The mission was named "Operation HAI"). U 331 waited all during the night of 18th November for the party to make themselves known, but at daybreak she abandoned hope and proceeded towards Sollum.

Officers aboard U 331: Oblt. Hans-Diedrich Freiherr von Tiesenhausen; IWO Oblt. Wilhelm Franken; IIWO Oberfähnrich Herbert Kühn; WO Heinz Koch; WO Kplt. Bernhard Zurmühlen (supernumerary).

Sources: http://www.uboatarchive.net/U-331INT.htm
https://uboat.net/boats/patrols/patrol_4932.html

Cheers. Raúl M 8).

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Re: Brandenburger in North Africa

Beitragvon landser162 » 4/1/2019, 15:54

Hello to all :D; a bit more.......................

Sabotagetruppe "HAI" 1941.

Sources: https://www.google.com/maps/place/30%C2 ... 8.75?hl=en

Cheers. Raúl M 8).
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