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Execution for Duty: The Life, Trial and Murder of a U boat Captain Hardcover – March 19, 2006
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At a time when people were promoted to responsible positions when still very young, it was inevitable that such an able submarine officer as Kusch would be given his first command. Unfortunately for him, before his second operational patrol, three new junior officers who were died-in-the-wool Nazis were assigned to his ship. The resultant patrol was not the most successful and this unscrupulous gang of three hatched a plan to discredit their commanding officer by accusing him of treason. As a result, Kusch was sent for trial and it was a trial where the outcome was already a forgone conclusion.
Peter Hansen served on U-Boats during this period and actually met Kusch and the three Nazis in question. He later spent many years researching this incredible story in order to reveal how Kusch was innocent. Not only has this author provided those with an interest in the U-Boat war of WW2 with the details of a little-known event, he has also completed a most worthwhile job of work.
Altogether a fascinating yet tragic story and well worth reading.
"Denounced" by two inept officers because of disciplinary action taken by skipper. Great reading for those WW2 U-Boat buffs.