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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.

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Charles McCain

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/

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