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Der "Baralong" Fall

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The Real Blaze


27.8.04 18:33:00
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Der Einsatz des englischen Hilfskreuzers "Baralong" war wohl eines der heimtückischsten Verbrechen Englands im 1.Weltkrieg. Als neutraler "Amerikaner" getarnt sollte es deutsche U-Boote auflauern und vernichten.Es gelang bei zwei U-Booten.U-27 und U-41.
U-27 hielt am 18.August den englischen Dampfer "Nicosian" an.Um Torpedos zu sparen wollte man ihn mit Sprengpatronen versenken,nachdem die Besatzung die Boote bestiegen hatte.
In diesen Moment kam ein offensichtlicher "Amerikaner" in Sicht.Man erkannte ihn nicht nur an der Flagge,sondern auch an großen Schildern mit dem Sternenbanner am Rumpf.Eine eigentlich total übertriebene Zurschaustellung.
Kapitänleutnant Wegener ließ indess mit Geschützen auf die "Nicosian" feuern um die Versenkung zu beschleunigen.
Den" Amerikaner" ließ man herankommen,weil man glaubte er würde die Besatzung der "Nicosian" übernehmen.Als er jedoch auf wenige hundert Meter heran war fielen Klappen und Geschützrohre kamen zum Vorschein.Im feigen Granathagel begann sofort U-27 zu sinken und die Besatzung
sprang so schnell wie möglich in die See.Jetzt geschah das Unfassbare: Einige deutsche Seeleute schwammen ihrer Kleidung entledigt zu den Rettungsbooten der "Nicosian" und griffen nach den Seilen.Sie wurden sämtlich von englischen Gewehrkugeln ermordet.Der englische Kommandant hatte seien Leuten befohlen jeden im Wasser schwimmenden Deutschen zu erschießen. Vier schafften es doch irgendwie zu der noch nicht ´sinkenden "Nicosian" zu schwimmen und versteckten sich dort.Doch nicht allzulang.Ein Kommando der "Baralong" setzte über,fand sie und erschoß sie auf der Stelle!Nach Zeugenaussagen(Verhandlung in New York am 21.Oktober 1915) gelang es Kapitänleutnant Wegener zum Bug der Nicosian zu entkommen.Er sprang ins Wasser und schwamm auf die "Baralong" zu und hob sichbar die Hände aus dem Wasser!Sofort wurde dort das Feuer eröffnet und Wegener ermordet!Der Kommandant ermahnte danach die Besatzung der "Nicosian" zum Stillschweigen. soviel zum Untergang von U-27.

Die besatzung der "Baralong" wurde trotz schärfster Note des Kaiserreichs nie zur Verantwortung gezogen.

Wie hieß dieser Kommandant? Wurde das je bekannt?Was wurde aus der "Baralong"?

The Real Blaze

Balsi


27.8.04 20:09:16
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aus dem Netz:

The Baralong Incident was an unprosecuted war crime of World War I. On August 19, 1915, U-27, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Wegener, was sunk by the Q-Ship HMS Baralong, commanded by Lieutenant Godfrey Herbert.

Herbert ordered that all German survivors, including Wegener, should be executed on the spot. Although the British Admiralty tried to keep this atrocity a secret, news reached Germany and the "Baralong Incident" was used to justify increased cruelty at sea both during World War One and after


In August of 1915 the British Q-ship HMS Baralong (ex Ellerman Line 4,000 ton tramp) responding to an SOS in the Bristol Channel came upon the 6,250 ton freighter Nicosian taking gun fire from U-27. Nicosian had a cargo of 750 mules loaded in New Orleans and bound for Liverpool.

U-27 was firing from the port side of the Nicosian. Baralong approached from the starboard side of Nicosian and was flying the Stars and Stripes and had two name boards indicating she was the ULYSSES S GRANT, USA. She indicated with signal flags that she was going to rescue the crew, who were in lifeboats. While out of sight of U-27, behind the Nicosian, she dropped the name boards, lowered the flag, and raised the British Ensign.

Just as she cleared the Nicosian she exposed her 12 pounders and commenced firing at close range. U-27 was caught by surprise and sank, however, 6 members of her crew managed to swim to the nearby Baralong.

The Captain of the HMS Baralong ordered Marines to board Nicosian and capture it. The Marines reported that the 6 German sailors were dead from wounds received from the 12 pounder's gunfire.

A New York newspaper heard the story and published articles that questioned how the German sailors died. The world press followed up on the story and the German Government charged it was a case of murder.

Crew members of the Nicosian who remained on board during the event gave conflicting accounts of what happened."



[ Editiert von Administrator Balsi am 27.08.2004 20:10 ]

Popski


29.8.04 20:37:33
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Oder auch so:

The First Battle Of The Atlantic von Greg Goebel:

"The secret of the Q-ships began to come to light on 19 August 1915, when the Leyland liner NICOSIAN was attacked on the surface by the U-boat "U-27", under command of Lieutenant Bernhardt Wegener. The NICOSIAN was carrying 800 mules, destined for the British Army. The mules had been loaded in New Orleans and were under the care of 80 American muleteers, and the ship was approaching port through the English Channel.
The U-27 was shelling the NICOSIAN when another ship, a tramp steamer flying the American flag and named the BARALONG, incautiously intervened to assist the helpless NICOSIAN. Wegener decided to shell the BARALONG, but the intruder passed behind the NICOSIAN and his gun crews had to hold their fire.

When the BARALONG emerged, it was no longer flying the American flag. It had raised the white battle flag of the British Royal Navy, and had also produced a pair of 12-pounder (5.4 kilogram) deck guns. The U-boat only managed get off one inaccurate shot before the BARALONG, which was a Q-ship under Lieutenant Commander Godfrey Herbert, punched holes in it and sank it. Some of the German survivors tried to climb on board the NICOSIAN. The memory of the LUSITANIA was still raw, in fact enhanced by the fact the U-24 had sunk the liner ARABIC in the area earlier that day. Herbert ordered his men to kill the Germans. British sailors shot them as they tried to climb on board the NICOSIAN, and then hunted down the few that made to the deck and shot them as well.

The NICOSIAN managed to make it to port and the British tried to persuade the ship's crew and passengers to keep quiet about what they had seen. However, the American muleteers talked freely to the press when they returned to the United States. The killing of the crew of the U-27 became a cause of outrage in Germany, and the captured captain of a merchant ship who had tried to ram a U-boat was shot by the Germans in July 1916 as a "maritime guerrilla". More to the point German U-boat crews now knew that some vessels that looked like prey were actually predators. Kills by Q-ships went into decline after that, but the Royal Navy still refused to admit the Q-ships existed until the war was nearly over."

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