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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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About the Author
Peter Hansen served in U boats during World War II and met Oskar Kusch on U-103. He also met the three Nazi villains of the story and has spent many years researching the details for this validation of Kusch's innocence and also how and why the corruption of the trial was ordered. Peter left the German Navy after the War and went to the USA where he worked until 1993. He now lives back in Germany but retains a property in America.
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"Denounced" by two inept officers because of disciplinary action taken by skipper. Great reading for those WW2 U-Boat buffs.
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.