Wilhelm Gustloff

14th May 2011, 05:43
forum of the tragic liner that killed 9000 to 9500

fred henderson
15th May 2011, 17:48
Wilhelm Gustloff was one of 161 merchant ships lost in Operation Hannibal, from 23 January to 8 May 1945, plus the 3 prison ships sunk in the Bay of Lübeck. Over a period of 15 weeks, somewhere between 500 and 1,100 merchant vessels of all types, from liners to fishing boats, plus Germany's largest remaining naval units, transported between 800,000 - 900,000 evacuees and 350,000 soldiers across the Baltic to Germany and German-occupied Denmark.

The story is told in more detail in my SN Directory article: -


Jeff Taylor
15th May 2011, 20:21
...and don't forget the Cap Arcona. She bought it with a horendous loss of life at almost the same time.