Otto KretschmerPrepared by Stephen Ames
Otto Kretschmer is a tall, very polite man with an air of gentle formality. The first time I met him and asked for an interview, he granted me a half hour following a luncheon celebrating his wife's birthday.
These excerpts are from that first interview and you can hear some of the hubbub in the background as we sit at his table and discuss his life and wartime experiences. Pull up a chair and let's chat with the Admiral!
|#1 (2:03)||Wav||His early naval and submarine experience.|
|#2 (2:10)||Wav||Training excercises and discussions with Admiral Raeder shortly before the war started.|
|#3 (4:23)||Wav||Where he was and what happened when the war broke out. The difficulties of operating under the Rules of the 1936 Submarine Agreement.|
|#4 (2:39)||Wav||Difficulties of the early period of the war, and trying to avoid encounters with the US Navy.|
|#5 (4:05)||Wav||The efforts to maintain a sense of "chivalry" in the midst of the deadly war at sea.|
|#6 (1:28)||Wav||Amusing thoughts while in a POW camp.|
|#1 (0:43)||Kretschmer speaks of the beginning of the war|
|#2 (1:43)||Kretschmer speaks of the myth about the "Happy Time"|
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