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U-35 commander Hans-Rudolf Rösing
Hans-Rudolf Rösing was born on September 28th 1905 in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, and entered the Reichsmarine in 1924 (Crew 1924).
On about December 6th 1936, he was given temporary command of U-35 for a planned patrol in Spanish waters starting in January 1937; this patrol was canceled.
Instead, a trip to Ponta Delgada
in the Azores was undertaken, with U-28 (under temporary command of
Hans-Günther Looff), which left Wilhelmshaven on 11 January 1937
and returned on 3 February 1937.
According to Hans-Rudolf Rösing, recorded by Lawrence Paterson for his book "Second U-Boat Flotilla",
The flotilla's tenders provided targets for U-boats to attempt interception and simulated attacks. But the Baltic was too small for Dönitz to fully test his theories at
group operations. However, despite repeated appeals for permission to stage Atlantic exercises, Hitler and Grossadmiral Raeder refused to allow U-boats to operate
any strength in the Atlantic while the war in Spain continued and the
possibility of their presence could be misinterpreted by British naval
units. On the other hand approval was granted to hold small-scale
test-cruises to assess the handling of Germany's new submarines within
the expansive Atlantic ocean. In Wilhelmshaven Kaptlt Wilhelm
Ambrosius of U-28 was temporarily replaced by the veteran
Kaptlt Hans-Günther Looff while his brother-in-law Kaptlt Hans
Rudolf Rösing, also a veteran submariner and naval officer since
1925, was placed in temporary command of U-35
This was to be the first time that the boats had been into the Atlantic.
I took over from Michahelles, as Dönitz
was of the opinion that Michahelles had
not enough experience therefore one of the 'old horses' was put in. At
that time there was the Spanish Civil War and our two submarines
were initially to be sent to the Spanish Civil War, but when we
were equipped and fully ready the Spanish War was practically
over and so we were sent to the Azores.
A more general description of his career can
be found at http://uboat.net/men/roesing.htm
Hans-Rudolf Rösing passed away on 16 December 2004 at the age of 99.
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