HMS Hunter, Sunk During First Battle of Narvik 10 April 1940, Found in One Thousand Feet of Water – Part 12

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Georg Thiele in Narvik on 2008-08-10.

Georg Thiele was 390 feet long or 119 meters and had a beam of 37 feet, that is her widest point, or 11.3 meters. She was commissioned on 27 February 1937 and beached/run aground while on fire on 13 April 1940.

The only Kommandant the ship ever had was Max-Eckart Wolff. He was awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross in August 1940 after being credited for sinking both HMS Hardy and HMS Hunter. He survived the war and in 1956 re-joined the new Federal Germany Navy in which he served for six years as a Flotilla admiral. He was the main German source for Narvik: Battles in the Fjords by Captain Peter Dickens, RN.

Georg Thiele in Narvik.

[Source: Narvik: Battles in the Fjords by Peter Dickens. Images courtesy of Maritime Quest and Atlantikwall Research Norway.]

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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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