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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Heinrich Woldag

Career:

Branch: Kriegsmarine
Born: 1892
Died: 16 April 1940.

Ranks:
Kapitän zur See
Fregattenkapitän
Korvettenkapitän
Kapitänleutnant
Oberleutnant zur See
Leutnant zur See
Oberfähnrich zur See
Fähnrich zur See

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Commands:
Blücher
Takes command on 20 September 1939
Ends command on 9 April 1940

Personal Information:

Heinrich Woldag was born on 1892 and was a serving member of the Kriegsmarine during World War II and managed to attain the rank of Kapitän zur See and went on to command the following Blücher.

Heinrich Woldag was given the command of the heavy cruiser Blücher on 20 September 1939 and remained in command until 9 April 1940.

The Blücher was appointed to Group five during the invasion of Norway in April 1940, the Blücher served as Konteradmiral Oskar Kummetz's flagship. The ship led the flotilla of combat ships into the Oslofjord on the night of 8 April, to capture Oslo, the capital of Norway. 2 antiquated 28 cm coastal guns in the Oscarsborg fort opened fire at the Blücher at very close range, making 2 hits. 2 torpedoes fired by land based torpedo batteries hit the Blücher, causing grave damage. A huge fire broke out onboard the Blücher, which could not be stopped. After a magazine blowup, the ship slowly capsized and sank, with huge loss of life. The Blücher shipwreck still remains on the bottom of the Oslofjord.

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