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Wednesday, October 18th 2017, 8:54pm

The Jade Bight, Wednesday, 21 April 1948

The leading elements of Einzatzverband 58 began to enter the Jade on the morning tide. Tugs – both naval and hired commercial craft – guided the great ships to their anchorages. It would take several hours before all the ships were at rest. Similar actions were happening at Bremerhaven, Cuxhaven, and a host of ports along the German North Sea Littoral.

At the nearby port of Emden news was received of the end of Unternehmen Donnerschlag with enthusiasm by the crews of the Second Submarine Flotilla of the French Marine Nationale. Their ‘vacation’ was over, and Charpentier made his boats ready for a return voyage to Dunkerque. The French sailors would leave behind a three-nil record in football matches with German naval personnel – proving themselves victorious in sport if not in the exercise itself.