F-Boat
April 10 1940

In support of the invasion of Norway, German Mountain Troops embarked on civilian freighters, picking up their F class escorts after leaving Gotenhafen Harbor. The soldiers were billeted in cargo holds in order to keep the operation a secret.

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Between the Skaggerak and Goteborg, a British submarine sighted the convoy and sank three of the freighters, first "Friedenau" then "Wittenberg" went down. Without cargo in the holds they sank rapidly.

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Although a Swedish destroyer left the 5 mile neutrality zone to render assistance, most of the soldiers perished leaving trasporter "Hamm" the somber task of returning bodies to Oslo.

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These casualties were compounded by the troops lost aboard the Heavy Cruiser Blucher, however, the Invasion of Norway was a German success. From "Der Zweite Weltkrieg von Nurnberg bis Stalingrad" Dr. Franz Burda 1961.



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