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Photographer:Gena Anfimov [View profile]Title:FRITZ SCHOOPAdded:Feb 24, 2019
Location:Klaipeda, Lithuania
Photo Category: Casualties
Port of Memel(Klaipeda) sunken steamer in the waters of the Curonian Lagoon. January 1945
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Jens Boldt on Feb 25, 2019 18:02 (1 month ago)
I guess blocking access to the harbour was not the reason for scuttling the ship. At that point (January 1945) Klaipeda had been under siege by Soviet forces for three months already. The port was more or less the only way in and out for the Wehrmacht. There simply were no resources to repair the ship... On January 27th the Wehrmacht had to abandon Klaipeda and according to Hitler's scorched-earth-policy everything that could be useful for the enemy had to be destroyed...
rarcand on Feb 25, 2019 17:24 (1 month ago)
One other reason to scuttle their unusable own ship (because of lack of fuel, being trapped, etc) is to make sure that they can not be used by the enemy afterward. Think about the GRAF SPEE or the french fleet at Toulon.
Gena Anfimov on Feb 25, 2019 07:59 (1 month ago)
Documentary, Memel on 27 January 1945
Emmanuel.L on Feb 25, 2019 06:12 (1 month ago)
Scuttling ships in harbour was used to block access to the harbour or to block the use of the wharf in wartime.
MattyBoy on Feb 24, 2019 21:45 (1 month ago)
During WWII, as we know the differences between the regular German soldier and the SS/Gestapo, was there also a separate German navy to the Kriegsmarine ?
MattyBoy on Feb 24, 2019 21:41 (1 month ago)
In this particular instance, what benefit would it be to the Kriegsmarine to scuttle one of their own vessels?
Gena Anfimov on Feb 24, 2019 18:57 (1 month ago)
Thanks for the info! With best regards,Gena
Manfred on Feb 24, 2019 18:19 (1 month ago)
German FRITZ SCHOOP, built 1925 by Nüschke, Stettin (271)for Kohlen-Import & Königsberger Reederei AG, Königsberg.
Damaged during an air raid at Memel on 14 January 1945, scuttled by Kriegsmarine on 24 January 1945, raised, repaired and renamed BRIVIDA, USSR, 1964 deleted from register.
Rgds, Manfred
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