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Sunday, August 13, 2017

from CB Concord New Hampshire

I give this five stars. It is a real page turner. It remind me of works by Alistair MacLean. I learned a great deal of macro history about the time period. I love the characters and the plot moves at a feverish pace. Go get a copy you won't be able to put it down.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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The Dahlem Initiative ($3.99) by E.J. Egerton: During the last two weeks of World War II in Europe, the Americans discovered that the Nazis developed a method to enrich Uranium and make an A-bomb better than anyone else. Two men are set into Berlin-Dahlem to secure the technology and inventors before the Red Army can capture it.
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Book Review from L.M.B.

**** 4 stars

The Dahlem Initiative is a lively spy thriller set in the last few weeks 
of WWII. The novel revolves around the attempts of the Allies to obtain 
advanced nuclear technology from a facility in Berlin. The reader learns 
a great deal about the science of the powerful ultracentrifuge being 
developed by the Nazis.  The novel is peppered with small-scale battle 
scenes as both the Allies and the Soviets try to take possession of the 
centrifuge and the uranium, while the Germans try to thwart them. The 
betrayals, firefights, and deaths that attend these efforts are dramatic 
and chilling. The premise of the book is original and engaging.

Egerton's fictional characters interact with real historical figures, 
most of whom were involved with the Manhattan Project. Truman, Beria, 
and Stalin make cameo appearances as well.  For the reader with an 
historical bent, this is especially interesting and brings added 
verisimilitude to the story.

There is some repetitiveness in the narrative, but nonetheless the book 
moves along at good clip. Egerton's decision to ignore the larger war 
and focus on the events  in and around the Dahlem facility intensifies 
the drama. The reader is always left wondering what will happen next.


Miami, Florida

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Summary of The Dahlem Initiative

Author: E.J.Egerton
Series: Alsos Vol.1-A Sheridan and Cook Novel
Genre: Historical Fiction Espionage
Publisher :Paideia
Publication Date: May 1, 2017

The Dahlem Initiative

   World War Two is ending in Europe.The alliance between the United States and the Soviet Union is unraveling.Both countries are racing to acquire a Atomic Bomb.
   The Nazis have created an process using an ultracentrifuge which produces highly enriched Uranium.Two American Counter-Intelligence Agents, Josh Sheridan and John Cook are sent to infiltrate a Nazi submarine U-398, which is transporting enriched Uranium to Germany’s ally, Japan.The two men capture the sub and verify that the Uranium is sufficiently enriched to make a A-bomb.
   Within twenty four hours after the mission on the sub, the two men are sent to the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute in Dahlem, a suburb of Berlin. Their orders are to capture the enrichment process inventors and the ultracentrifuge.
   Their team contains a Soviet Mole.
   They have six days to complete their mission before the Red Army surrounds Berlin and cuts off their escape.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


                   Col. Pash remained in U.S. Intelligence after the war-Here is a pic of him with President Lyndon Johnson after the JFK assassination.

                                            Dietrich Bonhoeffer Pastor of Dahlem Church

U-398 Submarine




Ordered20 Jan 1941
Laid down26 Aug 1942Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel (werk 30)
Launched6 Nov 1943
Commissioned18 Dec 1943Korvkpt. Johann Reckhoff
18 Dec 19438 Nov 1944  KrvKpt.  Johann Reckhoff
9 Nov 194417 Apr 1945  Oblt. (R) Wilhelm Cranz
2 patrols
18 Dec 1943-31 Jul 1944  5. Flottille (training)
1 Aug 1944-31 Oct 1944  3. Flottille (active service)
1 Nov 1944-17 Apr 1945  33. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Missing since 17 April 1945 in the North Sea
or North Atlantic. No explanation exists
for its loss.
43 dead (all hands lost).

U-398 was ordered to operate west of the English Channel and was not seen or
 heard of after sailing from Kristiansand in the evening of 17 April 1945. It
was posted as missing after failing to return to port or signal its position
after the cessation of hostilities.

Wilhelm Cranz

Oberleutnant zur See (R) (entry, Jahrgang X/39)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  19 Apr 1915Kiel
Died  17 Apr 1945(29)British Isles

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1 Oct 1939Rekrut
18 Apr 1940Sonderführer
(Leutnant zur See)
1 May 1940Steuermannsmaat d.R.
1 Sep 1941Obersteuermann d.R.
1 Jun 1942Leutnant zur See (R)
1 Feb 1944Oberleutnant zur See (R)


4 Aug 1941Iron Cross 2nd Class
4 Apr 1943U-boat War Badge 1939
18 Jan 1944Iron Cross 1st Class
15 Dec 1944U-boat Front Clasp

U-boat Commands

U-398 9 Nov 1944 17 Apr 1945  (+)  1 patrol (4 days) 

Wilhelm Cranz sailed on his first patrol as commander when he took his Type VIIC boat
 U-398 out from Horten, Norway on 14 April 1945 (Busch & Röll, 1997). His boat
 went missing on or after 17 April in the North Sea (Niestlé, 1998). He would
have been 30 years old few days later.


Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1997). Der U-Bootkrieg 1939-1945 (Band 2).
Niestlé, A. (1998). German U-boat losses during World War II.

Patrol info for Wilhelm Cranz

U-boat DepartureArrival
1.U-3988 Mar 1945  Kiel 16 Mar 1945  Horten 9 days
2.U-39814 Apr 1945  Horten 17 Apr 1945  Sunk Patrol 1,4 days

Ships hit by Wilhelm Cranz

No entries found.

A-Bomb test at Alamogordo NM

                               A-Bomb Explosion at Alamogordo, New Mexico July 16,1945  

                                                                 After the explosion
                                                            Trinity Site Monument

American Leaders

                                              Gen. Leslie Groves -Head of the Manhattan Project
                            Leslie Groves and Dr. Robert Oppenheimer-Scientiic Director the Manhattan Project
                                                        Col. Boris Pash- head of Alsos
                           General of the Army Dwight Eisenhower-Supreme Commander in ETO
                                                             Prof. Robert Oppenheimer

                                                  Oppenheimer and Colleagues at Trinity

                                             Oppenheimer and other Nuclear Scientists

                                         General of the Army George C. Marshall -Army Chief of Staff
                                                                   Ike in a jeep
President of U.S.A. Harry Truman

Berlin and Dahlem in Spring 1945

                                                          Red Army entering Berlin
                                                              Berlin Destruction
                                                  Brandenburg Gate and Unter den Linden
                                        Red Army Soldier in Berlin during capture of the city
                                                   Kaiser Wilhelm Institute in Dahlem
                                                   Virus House (round white building

Top Soviet Leaders

                                           Beria head of Soviet A-Bomb Project and NKVD
                                                      Stalin- Head of Soviet Union

Heisenberg and Goudsmit

                                                                  Dr. Sam Goudsmit
                                                              Prof. Werner Heisenberg
                                                               Heisenberg in uniform
                                            Dr. Paul Harteck -Co-inventor of Ultracentrifuge
                                                             Col. Boris Pash of Alsos

                                          The Dahlem Initiative  by  E.J. Egerton