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Missouri23
08-05-2005, 01:28 PM
He died on this day, 7 years ago, I just found this out from uboat.net.

Missouri23
08-05-2005, 01:28 PM
He died on this day, 7 years ago, I just found this out from uboat.net.

The_Silent_O
08-05-2005, 01:45 PM
I for one am 'Silent' for his passing.

Budokan
08-05-2005, 03:03 PM
I'm curious. What were Kretchsmer's political views during and after WWII, if anyone knows? I know the Kriegsmarine tended to be somewhat apolitical when it came to the Nazi party, or any party, but what about Kretchsmer?

Missouri23
08-05-2005, 08:06 PM
I'm pretty sure he wasn't a nazi because he joined nato and he was an admiral in the new German Navy, I'm pretty sure they wouldn't want another nazi in control.

Hawggy
08-06-2005, 11:19 AM
Man - there weren't very many Nazis in the Navy at all from what I understand. Considering Hitler was an A-1 land animal, most of the boot-lickers were out to prove their loyalty and spent most of their time conducting evil political errands, which were far and between in the Kriegsmarine; You can thank the Wermacht and the Luftwaffe for most of the Nazi involvement.....

blix_99
08-06-2005, 11:59 AM
Silent Otto was a prisoner at Camp 30 in Bowmanville - a mere five minutes drive for me -after Donald McIntyre brought him to the surface. There's a book called Word Of Honour: Camp 30 by Lynn Phillip Hodgson and Alan Paul Longfield that tells it all. After that, it became a training school for bad boys, then a Catholic high school and today, they call it The Great Lakes College. But the same houses still stand and no matter what they do to it, it still looks like a POW camp. They used to give tours of the tunnels that the Germans dug trying to escape. And as far as I know, the tunnels are still there. Neat huh?

Kaleun1961
08-07-2005, 07:24 PM
I recall that while at Bowmanville, Otto K presided over courts of honour to pass judgement on the actions of other officers who had been captured. If they were found guilty of some kind of misconduct or dishonourable behaviour, they were shunned and their lives in camp were made miserable.

captsteubie
08-10-2005, 01:03 AM
They also had a very nice riot there. I good whipping for both sides. Kretchsmer even got a few licks in. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

Lueth_HUN
08-10-2005, 02:45 AM
1997

http://uboat.net/men/photos/kretschmer_recent.jpg

Tomus
08-10-2005, 04:11 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Budokan:
I'm curious. What were Kretchsmer's political views during and after WWII, if anyone knows? I know the Kriegsmarine tended to be somewhat apolitical when it came to the Nazi party, or any party, but what about Kretchsmer? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

AFAIK Kretchsmer was a strict disciplinarian but has not been singled out as being specifically Nazi in his beliefs. The Kreigsmarine remained the least Nazified of the German forces and the impression I get of him is a man who expected discipline from his men. I would say that Nazi ideas on self control would probably have appealed to Kretschmer but not the ideology as a whole.

Also worth noting is that he joined the Navy in 1930 before Hitler came to power.

rm_1944
08-10-2005, 09:18 AM
Hitler once said he had "a Prussian Army, a Christian Navy and a National Socialist Air Force."

Let's also remember Admiral Canaris as well. The ultimate anti-Nazi IMHO