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Gotenhafen, Korridor & North Atlantic.
From the Beginning - - - to the End - - - 1938 - 1945.
Danzig's Westerplatte War extends around the World; The Gbeisenau is scuttled in Gotenhafen.

Gotenhafen's Role in the World War Two:
A page from Kaszmierz Malkowski's book, "Gdynia".

German Shots at Upper Redlowo / Gorne Redlowo in 1939.
The Schleswig-Holstein chose Gorne Redlowo as a prime target due to the Polish army barracks that had been located here. Also, heavy artillery and anti-aircraft batteries had been placed there as a part of the Polish land defence system. German spies were active in prewar Danzig and could pin-point the location of Polish strategic military locations.

The 5th Armored Command posts were concentrated in Maly Kack, and in Kuehl, the local miller's place. Horst Kuehl was a leader of the NSDAP/Ostgruppen, as well as the commissioner of the German community.

The Schleswig-Holstein arrived for its Good-will visit on August 25th, 1939. On the 1st of September, followintg the "Fall Weiss" order and agression started fires at the Polish Ammunition Transit Depot at Westerplatte. Worth mentioning was that the depot was located within  the Free City of Danzig and not in Poland.

After the capitulation of the Westerplatte defenders on the 7th of September, the ship S-H poved into the Bay of Danzig to begin amphihuous operation against the Polish coast. (This area contained also the so-called Corridor.) Aboard were 280 & 150 mm guns. Shots were directed toward Gorne Redlowo, Oksywie, Witomino, and probably other towns, where even German citizens tried to avoid the bombardment. The S-H logbook report the following : . . . .

Danzig Study Group U.S.A.
Danzig Report Nr. 155 - January - February - March - 2012, Page 3.


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