A friend of mine who recently retired from the German Navy, told me he had been at a dance at an officer’s club in the early 1980s and saw one of the surviving U-Boat kommandants. He introduced himself and asked the man how he had managed to survive the war. According to my friend, the ex-kommandant said once he left port on a war patrol he took the transmission key from the radioman so all the boat could do was receive messages, not transmit.
Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/ View all posts by Charles McCain