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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

Harteck's Ultracentrifuge at Kaiser Wilhelm Institute -Dahlem

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Dahlem Initiative

The Dahlem Initiative Synopsis:
       It's the last weeks of the war in Europe, April 1945. Joshua Sheridan and John Cook are agents of the U.S. Government’s agency Alsos, part of the Manhattan project. Alsos is responsible for atomic bomb technology counter-intelligence against the Nazis, Japanese, and the current American ally the Soviet Union. They have been inserted into Germany to capture highly enriched uranium necessary to make an atomic bomb. The Nazi plan is to transport the uranium to their allies, the Japanese.
      Sheridan and Cook, disguised as SS officers, are ordered to capture the enriched uranium to confirm that the Nazis have an uranium enrichment process/apparatus that the Manhattan project has not been able to develop. Sheridan and Cook board the submarine, disguised as SS officers ordered to accompany the uranium to the Japanese. They kill the real officers, substitute themselves, they kill the crew and rendezvous with an American cruiser. They move the uranium to the cruiser. The uranium enrichment level is confirmed and they communicate their findings to the head of Alsos, Colonel Boris Pash.
      Sheridan and Cook were told before this mission that this was their last one, but since the enriched uranium is confirmed, they are ordered to travel to Berlin to secure the enrichment process and its inventor. Sheridan is fearful that his luck has run out, but he goes anyway, he hasn’t a choice. Cook is concerned with Sheridan and is worried that he is losing his edge. Sheridan might get both of them killed. They meet with their commanding officer, Colonel Pash in London, who has a team ready to leave for Dahlem, a suburb of Berlin and the location of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute, where the uranium enrichment process has been developed. They have just a week to capture the equipment and its inventors and leave Dahlem-Berlin before the Red Army captures Berlin. The process and its inventors must not fall into Soviet hands, Pash orders.
      The two men and the rest of their team fly to a small airbase near the Elbe River, the American frontlines. They use captured German Army vehicles and uniforms to disguise themselves as SS and drive towards Dahlem. They enter hell on earth, refugees fleeing from the Red Army and shards of German army units, remnants of the formerly mighty Wehrmacht. The SS has specialized squads, called Werewolves that are shooting German Army deserters and cleaning up the final business of the Third Reich. The team encounters a werewolf unit in a small village near to Berlin. The crazed commander of the unit is guarding a trainload of Germans convicted in the conspiracy to overthrow Hitler the previous July. The crazed commander initially says they are deserters but finally lets the team go, but as the team departs, explosions and machine gun fire is heard, the convicted Germans are being killed by the SS.
       Sheridan is in a dark mood, because of the murders and tries to shake it off and concentrate on the mission. The team arrives in Grunewald, a large forest preserve near to Dahlem. Sheridan drives to Dahlem to make contact with their agent inside the enriched uranium project. Sheridan meets Monika Ostmeyer, a beautiful young women who is a physicist working on the project. There is an immediate attraction. They discuss the team’s arrival the next morning to take over the project. Monika is worried because the SS has been visiting the facility every day lately. She also is worried that the Red Army arrives, she will be raped. Rumors are coming to Berlin from the refugees that have moved west.
       The next morning the Alsos team arrives at the Virus House, the lab where the ultracentrifuge has been developed, the device that has enabled the Germans to enrich uranium. The team is headed by Dr. Paul Harteck who invented the technology. The team begins to dismantle the equipment, but there is a problem, the lead engineer Dr. William Schmidt has not reported for work and he is crucial to dismantling the equipment, he was the one who lead the fabrication of the ultracentrifuge. There are components that are crucial to its operation that only Schmidt and his technician know how to dissemble. Sheridan sends Cook and Moll to search for Schmidt in the bombed out city of Berlin. Sheridan knows that if Schmidt is not found, they will have to take the system apart no matter what. They are running out of time.
      Meanwhile the NKVD has ordered Col. Olga Veber to enter Dahlem and capture the equipment before the Red Army’s arrives. Beria, head of the NKVD has decided that either the Allies will attempt to capture it or the Germans will destroy it themselves to keep out of the Soviet Union’s hands. The NKVD team arrives and discovers SS troops dismantling the system, as their own agent inside the program has reported. Meanwhile, SS-Brigadefuhrer Fritzche, who is the commander of nuclear research security and has discovered a fake SS team is at the Dahlem facility. He takes a platoon of SS and heads to the facility. The real SS arrives and the NKVD, led by Olga Veber is in a fire fight with the Alsos team. Fritzche orders his troops to kill or capture the NKVD. Olga Veber and some of the NKVD escape.
       Fritzche has a private meeting with Sheridan. Fritzche tells Sheridan he knows they are Americans and would they take him with them to American lines, he has secrets that the U.S. will be interested in. Sheridan agrees. Sheridan has received word that the Red Army is going to encircle Berlin in the next 12 hours. They leave and are caught up in the flow of human beings fleeing from the Red Army. They are strafed by Red Air Force planes, but get out before the Red Army cuts off their escape route. Sheridan takes Monika along even though he has been ordered to leave her behind. They have fallen in love. The Alsos team drives to the town of Ziesar; twenty five kilometers form the American front lines.
      But the NKVD is waiting for them. They are captured; Sheridan and the team are interrogated by the NKVD. Monika is a Soviet spy and Veber is her controller. What Sheridan and Cook don’t know is that a U.S. Army Regimental Combat Team has arrived to escort the team to American lines. A standoff occurs, and the Russian commander decides not to fight the American allies after consulting with his commanding officer. Stalin does not want a confrontation with the Americans. Sheridan and the team are escorted back to American lines.
       They are taken to a compound to rest and Monika and Sheridan make love. Sheridan thinks he is finally safe with a great woman. Cook, who was wounded in Ziesar, gets up to go the aid station for pain killers and overhears, Monika sending code on a radio. He doesn’t want to tell Sheridan, but he has to. In the confrontation, Monika confesses and is killed by Cook, trying to protect Sheridan. Sheridan feels betrayed and deep loss. Later, during the Atomic Bomb test in New Mexico, Cook discovers that Sheridan has recovered and is looking forward to finishing his doctorate at the University of Chicago. Sheridan is happy to get back to his normal life.