Russian watch "Attack of Century" 24-HOUR. New. Case 34mm
After spending the New Year's night 1945 in Hanko with a Swedish woman, owner of a restaurant,
Marinesko disappeared for several days. It was proposed that he be court-martialed as a deserter,
and this could be fatal for him. Moreover, fraternisation between Soviet citizens and foreigners was
not allowed. But the commander of the Baltic Fleet Admiral V.F.Tributs realized that in such case the S-13
would not be operational for a long time. Therefore, Marinesko was sent on a new mission to prove his abilities.
Marinesko left Hanko on January 11, 1945 and took position near Kolberg on January 13. In the next days
his submarine was attacked several times by German torpedo boats. On January 30, 1945, the S-13 attacked
and sank the Wilhelm Gustloff.
The Wilhelm Gustloff was evacuating civilians and military personnel. Of the nearly 10,000 people on board
fleeing the advancing Soviet army on the Eastern Front, there were between 5,400 and 9,400 casualties in
the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, making it the single worst maritime disaster in history. While there are
opinions from the far right calling Marinesko's actions a war crime, the vast majority of both legal and military
opinion consider it a tragedy of war. According to the internationally accepted rules of war, the ship was a
legitimate target, a fact the Kriegsmarine was aware of.
Days later, on February 10, Marinesko sank a second German ship with two torpedoes, the Steuben, this time
carrying mostly military personnel, with an estimated total number of 4,267 casualties. Marinesko had
maneuvered submerged for four hours, following the enemy by sonar. He was convinced that the target was
the light cruiser Emden. Marinesko thus became the most successful Soviet submarine commander in terms
of gross register tonnage (GRT) sunk, with 42,000 GRT to his name.
Marinesko's tomb in Bogoslovskoye Cemetery
However, Marinesko was not awarded with the Hero of the Soviet Union title. His commanders refused to trust
reports regarding the scale of the hits; in addition, he was deemed a controversial person, "not suitable to be a hero".
Instead, after the hits were confirmed, he was awarded the Order of the Red Banner. Marinesko felt personally insulted,
and when staff officers came to present him the order on his submarine, he gave the order to submerge her.
Russian mechanical watch RAKETA
duration of action - 40-h
Case - stainless steel, size 34mm
Movement- 17 Ruby jewels
18mm at the lugs, a leather band is included,
Made in Russia, (St.Petersburg).
Old stock, never used, in new running condition.
Comes with high quality leather strap, not necessarily like on the picture
Also, we have many other models. price are identical.
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