SS Bremen ocean liner

Discussion in 'The War at Sea' started by Dave55, Aug 17, 2018.

  1. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    The Bremen was heading east from New York on Sept 1 when war was declared and was ordered to go to Murmansk. Anyone know why? Was it to keep her safe from anticipated air raids on German ports?
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2018
  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    The S.S. Bremen: Last Voyage of a Luxury Liner

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  3. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    Thanks. Quite a story.
  4. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    This assistance given to Germany was as a result of the German-Soviet non aggression Pact of 23 August 1939 whereby the two sides agreed not to engage in war for 25 years.The Pact also provided agreement on promoting economic activity between the two countries,the Germans receiving grain and oil and the Russians,military equipment.Interestingly Russia was still exporting grain and oil up to the invasion of Russia in June 1941 while Stalin ignored intelligence that Hitler would break the Pact.

    Contained within the Pact was a secret protocol which Hitler and Stalin agreed to carve up Poland in two and agree settlement of spheres of influence in Eastern Europe.Hitler regarded this pact as a prerequisite to assure that there would be no intervention from Stalin when he invaded Poland.

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