- "OPERATION CA-35" is a joint project of discovery
conducted by Trident Research & Recovery, Inc. of Framingham, Massachusetts
and Sub-Sea Research, Inc. of Portland, Maine. It is much more than just
a marine salvage operation. Indeed, it is an attempt to discover the facts
surrounding the sinking of a legendary German U-Boat off the coast of Cape
Cod, Massachusetts in August of 1944, and to uncover the reasons for its
secrecy for over fifty-four years.
- The name assigned to this project is derived from the
wartime German Naval marine quadrant location of the U-Boat wreckage initially
located in 1993. The term 'CA' refers directly to the German navigational
box coordinate designated for the area immediately off the eastern shore
of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with the numbers '35' referring to the location
within that designated box.
- The process of discovery is a very time consuming matter.
The reader must keep in mind that this brief is preliminary and therefore,
incomplete. As information is received and assessed by Trident and Sub
Sea it will be duly posted within updated and revised versions of this
- II. H I S T O R I C A L O V E R V I E W
- The availability of recently declassified military, political
and intelligence documents are slowly assisting the professional researcher
in filling in the gaps of World War Two history. Instead of seeing what
appears to be a convoluted series of events we are now starting to
- understand just how the geopolitical strategies of the
various governments involved in the conflict actually dictated the outcome
of the battlefield scenario.
- With this in mind, we will relate here a general status
of World War Two as it stood during the summer and fall of 1944, and then
lay in the minute details that actually affected the important events unfolding
during this time frame.
- During the summer of 1944 the United States and her Allies,
namely Great Britain and the Soviet Union, had commenced the final push
to victory over Germany's Third Reich in Europe. The now famous "D-Day"
landings on the French Normandy coast were successfully accomplished on
6 June and the German battle lines gradually gave way under the Allied
onslaught. The German High Command knew well that it was the beginning
- a long retreat and would ultimately end in a total defeat..
- In fact, a little over a year earlier in the month of
February, 1943 the German military and civilian populace witnessed the
disastrous events unfolding on the Russian Front. With the loss of the
city of Stalingrad to the Soviet forces those individuals inside Germany
with any insight at all could see very well what the inevitable outcome
would be. As a result of these German military losses the several Nazi-Opposition
groups, already in place within Germany since 1939, now began to increase
their activity. These particular individuals and organizations firmly believed
that Hitler's plans of domination were a direct threat to their country's
best interests. The groups incorporated many of the German social and political
elite who had actually assisted Hitler's Fascist machine in the first place,
most notably Germany's "Technocrats" of political leaders, industrialists,
bankers and highly placed military officers. By February of 1943 these
opportun ists became increasingly disillusioned with the Hitlerite agendas
and commenced making their own arrangements for their post-war futures,
both as individuals and as corporate entities.
- Highly placed military leaders such as Admiral Wilhelm
Canaris, Chief of Germany's leading intelligence agency the 'Abwehr', and
Field Marshals' Walter von Kluge and Erwin Rommel, as well as several high-ranking
staff officers within the Kriegsmarine and Wehrmacht, actively conspired
in the failed attempt to assassinate Adolph Hitler on the 20th. of July,
- While the German military was attempting to eliminate
the problem at its source, (Adolph Hitler), the conservative civilian opposition
groups were attempting to alter the inevitable outcome of the war by initiating
contacts with the "Western Allies", Great Britain and the United
States. These various contacts were an effort to end the war for Germany
under favorable terms for an armistice. The Nazi Opposition groups were
literally fighting the clock, as every day that passed without an end to
the war meant the further loss of German life and the wholesale destruction
of property and post-war industrial capability. In fact, these specific
concerns of a post-war German industrial survival were the prime motives
of the Nazi-Opposition.
- The Western Intelligence agencies and military commands
were well aware of just what was going on inside Germany at this time and
actually conducted numerous secret meetings with the German military and
civilian leaders in an effort to end the war. However, the Western Allies
possessed a vastly different agenda. Upon review of the available declassified
political documents it appears that the American parties negotiating certain
details with the German representatives had several separate agendas -
all of which seem geared more at personal gain rather than the American
public's best interest.
- The President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt,
had publicly stated as early as 1943 that no terms except "Unconditional
Surrender" would be accepted from Germany by the three Allied powers;
the United States, Great Britain and the Soviet Union. Roosevelt was to
maintain this stand throughout the war. However, many of the hard-line
political capitalists within the United States Department of State, the
Office of Strategic Services and the military intelligence services had
a vastly different idea of just how to end the war - all of which were
to run contrary to the Presidential administration's policy decisions.
- Operationally, the German U-Boat force still managed
to keep its U-Boat fleet somewhat active during the summer and fall of
1944. The official records indicate that most of the available U-Boats
were operationally concentrated within the North Sea and around the British
Isles in its continuing attempt to strangle the Allied supply lines. Occasionally
an independent U-Boat patrol would be deployed into the North Atlantic
to sink ships, report on weather or both. There were two "Special
Missions" deployed against the American coast in 1944, only one of
which was to succeed off the Maine coast near the end of the year. In that
particular case, the U-1230 successfully landed two agents at Winter Harbor.
The success was minimal however, since both men were eventually picked
up by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
- During the first week of July, 1944 an incident involving
a U-Boat and the <http://www.subsearecovery.com/usnaval.htm>U.S.
Naval Airship "K-14" occurred off Bar Harbor, Maine. As is made
so painfully clear in the official Inquiry records, the U-Boat in question
brought down the "K-14" with 20mm Anti-Aircraft fire resulting
in the loss of six Airship crewmen out of a total compliment of ten men.
The Inquiry and related intelligence reports also show that the "K-14"
was somewhat successful in at least severely damaging the enemy vessel.
Unfortunately, this incident was also kept secret for over 54 years.
- Another situation occurred on 20 August of this year.
The U-1229 was intercepted on the surface off the eastern edge of the Grand
Banks by an American "Hunter-Killer" Naval Task Force as it was
proceeding to the American coast on a 'spy-insertion' operation. The U-1229
went down with about one-third of her crew, but 41 survivors of this sinking
wererescued as prisoners of war by the American destroyers on the scene.
- What was not known by most military men at this time,
however, was the fact that the Type XI U-Boat was also proceeding to the
American coast - at that time located only 20 nautical miles distant from
the U-1229 at the time of the latter's demise.
- III. T H E "B L A C K K N I G H T"
- According to the official design drafts laid out for
the German Type XI-B U-Cruiser in 1939, the specifications for this vessel
were as follows:
- Length Overall:
- 115 meters (377 ft.)
- 9.5 meters (31.3 ft.)
- 6.2 meters (20.3 ft.)
- Extreme Displacement:
- 3,630 tons
- 6,800 tons +
- Propulsion Machinery:
- 2-shaft diesel/electric motors,(eight 12cyl. diesel engines
in two separate engine rooms), plus two high-grade electric motors in third
- 4 torpedo tubes in the bow
- 2 torpedo tubes in the stern
- 6 torpedoes in ready-fire with
- 6 spare torpedoes carried below internal storage plates.
- Above-Deck Armament:
- 4 127mm Guns in two twin armored turrets.
- 2 37mm AA mounted on deck amidships.
- 2 20mm AA mounted in after Wintergarten.
- Ammunition Carried:
- 940 rounds total of 127mm.
- 4,000 rounds total of 37mm.
- 2,000 rounds total of 20mm.
- (all carried in 3 separate magazines)
- 110 men, with capability to carry an additional compliment
of two company's' of "Special Coastal Troops", ('Brandenburgers')
- Cargo Capacity:
- 600 cubic tons above provisions.
- 1 One-Man "Arado/Argus 231" reconnaissance
seaplane stowed in forward vertical storage tube.
- As detailed within the Kriegsmarine "K" Design
Office, there were to be a total of four of these monstrous vessels laid
down, with the possibility of constructing an additional four vessels should
time and resources permit. However, it is known that only four keels were
laid and that one was actually launched, the others eventually being scrapped
prior to the end of the war before completion. The U-Boat Command intentions
were to assign the numbers U-112 through U-115 to the first four vessels
of the class. However, Kriegsmarine commissioning records reflect no such
assignment of numbers and for all practical purposes the Type XI was never
- Very little is known about the Type XI-B U-Boat. All
official histories state that the vessel type was never built and numerous
publications indicate that the Type XI-B submarine design went only as
far as a preliminary 'keel laying' at the building yards of Deschimag -A.G.
Weser in Bremen, Germany. However, there is a subtle hint that at least
one vessel of this type was indeed launched from the Deschimag yards. Contained
within the records of the Military archive at Freiburgim-Breisgau, Germany
is a brief mention of the "actual" yard trials in the Weser River
of the Type XI U-Cruiser having attained a surface speed of 26 knots. This
is supported to some degree by Eberhard Roessler's impressive publication
"The U-Boat", in which this trial record is partly quoted. The
details contained in the records of the Military archive in Germany make
it very clear that the above speed trials were not obtained from 'tank'
tests of models. Therefore, there certainly is s ome proof of the actual
existence of a working and operational model of the legendary Type XI.
- Amplified reports obtained from interviewed veterans
of both the Allied and Axis intelligence services indicate very strongly
that at some point during its existence, most probably in early 1944, the
Type XI was berthed at the supposedly neutral ports of Vigo, Spain and
Lisbon, Portugal on the Iberian Peninsula. These same sources have stated
that the unofficial reference to the Type XI was "Die Schwarz Ritter",
("The Black Knight"). There is no official documentation of this
but, considering the sources we must at least consider the high probability
of these facts. It is certainly already well established that most of the
clandestine activity directed by the Germans toward the Americas originated
from the Iberian Peninsula, primarily through a German Industrial-Intelligence
organization referred to as "<http://www.google.ca/search?q=cache:wekeSjKA24QJ:
- Of primary importance in connection with this area of
course are the German series of Special Operations known as "JOLLE",
(translated as "Happy Boat") and "AKTION FEUERLAND",
(meaning "Action Land-of-Fire", referring to the southern geographical
area of Argentina). These two operations were intended to pave the way
for German post-war survival. Noted Nazi leaders and war criminals were
in the process of laying the financial foundation for a "Fourth Reich"
within the borders of such countries as Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and, most
importantly for reasons of easy access, Argentina.
- IV. C O N T R O L L E D P A N I C
- As previously outlined within the 'Overview', the German
Opposition groups were becoming increasingly bolder in their attempts at
contacting the Western Allies through the various intelligence agencies.
Those Opposition Group members associated with German Industrial concerns
were the boldest, and possessed all the right connections to persuenegotiations
for an acceptable armistice. The sole motive for the German Industrialists
was obvious. They wished to maintain their corporate identity AND their
financial assets for the post-war period. There were also many American
Industrial concerns who wished to see this as well since a large percentage
of ownership in these German companies were held by large American corporations
- a blatant violation of the 'Trading With The Enemy Act'.
- The accessed research documents show that by June of
1944 there were no less than eight separate meetings between German Industrialists
and agents of the Office of Strategic Se rvices. The most active American
in these efforts was Allen W. Dulles, the OSS Chief of Station head quartered
in the neutral city of Berne, Switzerland.
- The professional background of Allen Dulles and his brother,
John Foster Dulles, are most interesting. It seems that both men were heavily
involved in pre-war dealings between American and German Corporations through
their law firm of 'Sullivan & Cromwell' in New York City. It was these
same pre-war German connections with which Allen Dulles wasnegotiating
throughout the winter of 1943 and the summer/fall of 1944. All official
documentation points to the fact that the Dulles brothers were not operating
in the best interests of United States foreign policy, but were actually
motivated through personal reasons to help in creating an acceptable form
of armistice which would benefit most the German Industrialists directly.
This also involved the safe guarding of certain German securities, which
both John Foster and Allen Dulles actively assisted with - regardless of
its direct violation of accepted U.S. Treasury and Presidential administration
policy. In shor t the Dulles brothers, along with a handful of U.S. diplomats
and intelligence operatives, helped Nazis and Anti-Nazis alike to hide
negotiable securities from Allied confiscators and at the same time assisted
in negotiating an end to the war along lines which were contrary to the
"Unconditional Surrender" guidelines as set forth jointly by
the three major Allies.
- While all of these manipulations were going on within
the Allied camp, Germany was desperately trying to protect what she had
left of her industrial and monetary systems. Every day that passed without
a negotiated armistice meant the further loss of property and post-war
capability. It is well documented that major German corporations began
making plans for the safeguarding of its resources in supposedly "neutral"
countries while continuing to pursue diplomatic agendas.
- Of particular note are the individual operations of German
corporations. Firms such as I.G.Farben and Krupp Industries were known
to have liquidated their stock holdings into either gold coin or bars by
June of 1944 in anticipation of secreting these hard assets into the neutral
countries of Switzerland, Lichenstein, Portugal and, most importantly -
Argentina. Indeed, the Krupp concerns alone possessed vast estate holdings
in Argentina and post-war records confirm that many millions worth of negotiable
securities did make it to these estates via U-Boat transport for eventual
deposit in the German controlled banks of Banco Aleman Transatlantico and
- What helped to speed up both the safe guarding of Germancorporate
assets and attempts at armistice negotiations were thedecisions of the
Breton Woods International Monetary Conference held at Breton Woods, New
Hampshire between 1 - 20 July, 1944. Most of the Allied Nations represented
at this conference voted for the dissolution of the Bank for International
Settlements in Switzerland, a major money-launderer for the Nazis. With
the loss of this particular bank the German corporations would find it
much more difficult to move their ill-gotten profits out of Germany. On
9 July the Breton Woods Conference passed what is referred to as 'Resolution
No. 6', which called for the dissolution of the Bank for International
Settlements and the monitoring of the German movement of corporate wealth
into neutral countries. Combined with a desperate need to negotiate an
armistice this created a "Controlled Panic" situation within
the German Industrial community.
- When one studies the known movements of wealth and the
options then open to both the German Anti-Nazi diplomats and Industrialists,
it becomes obvious that drastic measures are indeed being planned. In September
of 1944 a much delayed Finnish Intelligence report surfaced referring to
a "Hitler Escape Boat" being made available at the port of Danzig,
Poland as of early July. When one studies the details mentioned in this
report there is only one conclusion: the alleged "Hitler Escape Boat"
is none other than the Type XI-B U-Cruiser... the same vessel which was
never officially commissioned into the Kriegsmarine. The very same vessel
which is not supposed to even exist!
- The long trail of records show that this vessel departed
the port of Danzig, (Gdynia), on the afternoon of 20 July, 1944 - the same
day as the assassination attempt on Adolph Hitler by the Nazi-Opposition.
Records also indicate very strongly that the German Industrialists were
behind the deployment of the Type XI-B U-Boat. One can only assume that
the excuse for this vessel's existence in acting as a "Hitler Escape
Boat" was only an accepted cover story for the benefit of the Nazi-Opposition,
as quite obviously Hitler himself was not embarked on board the vessel
at the time of its departure.
- A "Controlled Panic" caused the Industrial
Opposition to deploy this vessel as quickly as possible for a two-fold
mission: to negotiate an acceptable armistice directly with U.S. representatives
and to export to Argentina at least a portion of the German corporate securities.
Thirty-Seven days later the Type XI-B U-Cruiser arrived off the
- Massachusetts coast - committed to her clandestine mission.
- V. C O D E N A M E: "O B S C U R E C I N C H"
- The date of 25 August, 1944 appeared to begin as any
normal day along the Eastern Sea Frontier. But, the U.S. Office of Naval
Intelligence had been continuously briefed over the past few days by the
British Admiralty "ULTRA" of an "Unknown" U-Boat heading
their way. On 15 August Admiralty informed U.S. Navy "COMINCH",
(meaning Commander-In-Chief), that a U-Boat they had designated as "LT"
was heading across the Atlantic and that they suspected it was on a "SPECIAL
MISSION" since it was observing radio silence and not reporting its
daily position, as was the normal routine among U-Boat Commanders of the
- On the 17th. of August British Admiralty appears to be
reasonably sure that the mystery vessel was bound to the American coast,
but inquire further from U.S. "COMINCH" for any additional information
that may help in their assessments. Simultaneously to this tracking the
U.S. Navy was following the movements of the U-1229, designated as the
"RJ", (Red Jig), which appeared to be running a parallel course
to the mystery U-Boat.
- By the 18th. British Admiralty admitted to U.S. "COMINCH"
that the heading of "LT", (Love Tare), "REMAINS OPEN",
suggesting that all are totally confused as to the subject vessel's actual
destination and purpose.
- Then on 20 August the U-1229 was successfully sunk by
U.S. Naval forces just east of the Grand Banks, as stated within the "ULTRA"
radio-intercept transmission, as follows:
- "TWO OFFICERS AND ONE PROPAGANDIST AMONG 41 P/S
FROM LOVE EASY x C.O. LOST x YOUR 1279 PARA 4 x LOVE TARE HEADING BAFFLING
BUT BEST GUESS IS HE IS APPROACHING ST JOHNS AREA x THIS CONSISTENT WITH
- Again, on the 21st. U.S. "COMINCH" requested
further information from the British Admiralty concerning the unknown U-Boat
in question by stating:
- "WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR FURTHER VIEWS AND WHEN CONVENIENT
COMMENT ON QUERIES MY 386 AND 387 x".
- After comparing all of the pertinent documents to the
numerous other operational intelligence material is becomes obvious that
the "ULTRA" staff are completely unaware of the actual mission
of the Type XI-B U-Cruiser, whereas certain other intelligence operatives
are totally aware of the facts. This is a typical example of "need
- restrictions between intelligence departments.
- By the early evening of the 25th. it becomes obvious
that the Type XI was successful in evading the U.S. Naval Task Forces east
of the Grand Banks, as she surfaces at approximately 1600 hours just south
of the Great Round Shoal Channel seven miles east of Great Point, Nantucket.
Due to a submarine sighting by a commercial Pan-Am Plane at this time,
the Naval Airship Squadron 'ZP-11' based at South Weymouth, Massachusetts
- orders the Naval Airship "K-25" to divert from
its escort patrol 60 miles to the northeast and to investigate the reported
sighting. Local vessels of the Northern Ship Lane Patrol are also ordered
to the scene, which included two Coast Guard 83-footers and two 110 foot
- At this same time O.N.I. Telegrapher Preston Howley was
monitoring the U-Boat's wireless transmission from the Office of Naval
Intelligence Radio Intercept Station located at Chatham, Cape Cod, only
fourteen miles to the northwest of the U-Boat's position. According to
Howley, the transmission was originating from an "S-5" position,
(Navalparlance meaning from a very close location), and was being sent
out on a 'diplomatic B-Bar' signal. This meant that this particular German
U-Boat was sending diplomatic messages in a "High Priority" status.
Given what we now know about this vessel's mission parameters, this diplomatic
message tends to run parallel with the established facts. Howley described
the message as being sent in three parts lasting just a few minutes each
and separated by approximately two or three minutes. The total message
lasted perhaps twenty minutes, enough to fill three legal-size teletype
pages of coding data.
- O.N.I. Telegrapher Howley duly re-transmitted this message
over his teletype to the U.S. Naval Cryptographic Center in Washington,
D.C. Within half an hour the message bounced back to his station from Washington
with the statement that they wished him to verify the coding and destination
address, which he did. Howley verified the coding and address which, looking
back on it fifty-four years later, he firmly believes was destined for
the White House Map Room. The White House Map Room was not just the President's
War Room during World War Two. It was also an intelligence center for combined
services - managed by the Department of State itself. The implications
of Howley's experiences and later assessments are obvious.
- The following operations, which lasted over two days,
are code named "OBSCURE CINCH" and "LADY BULL". According
to the 'Official' record these "Special Searches" resulted in
no activity and no confirmation of any subsequent action at the scene.
The fact that these operations occurred at exactly the same location as
the present location of the wreckage of the Type XI-B discovered in 1993,
however, is extremely indicative. Veteran interviews have revealed that
the subject U-Boat was actually sunk by the Naval Airship "K-25",
with the small surface vessels conducting a 48 hour surface search for
survivors and debris. The official records certainly tend to support the
follow-up search for debris, often termed as a "Yankee Search".
- Unfortunately, only a further declassification of existing"Operational"
documents would provide additional insight into exactlywhat happened and
how it happened.
- VI. I N S E A R C H O F A G H O S T
- The first hint of the existence of a U-Boat wreck off
Cape Cod occurred in 1988, when now Trident President Edward Michaud heard
for the first time the accepted stories of its demise off the Cape from
a local tug-boat skipper named Warren LeGyte. Michaud had been running
a sixty-one foot crew-boat out of Boston for the then ongoing MWRA OutfallProject.
Every night Michaud and his fellow crewmen would bunk in Warrens 100 foot
tug "Georgina A", then tied up at one of the East Boston docks.
Since hearing of the legendary U-Boat, Ed would query Warren of what he
knew of the vessel and its location. In due time the MWRA contracts would
end and Michaud would eventually locate the various veterans who were involved
in the original 1944 incident.
- By June of 1993 Michaud had joined up with several dedicated
professionals in an attempt to re-locate the legendary Cape Cod U-Boat
and on the 5th. of that month the first hazy side scan sonar images of
the wreckage were obtained. Equipment and financing, however, were slow
in coming and it was 9 December of 1993 before any detailed sonar images
of the wreck could be obtained.
- Upon the initial discovery in June it was assumed by
all involved in the project that the U-Boat located off Cape Cod was a
standard German Type IX-C/40 submarine on a routine war patrol at the time
of its loss. However, when the detailed sonar images were obtained in December
it was immediately apparent that what had been found was indeed much larger
in both length and bulk. After weeks of study and comparisons with knownGerman
building plans it became obvious that what had been found was actually
a submarine that, according to all known histories, was not supposed to
exist! Michaud and his team had found a German Type XI-B U-Cruiser - in
and of itself a major discovery.
- By November of 1994 the first detailed sonar imagery
of the Type XI armored gun-mounts were obtained utilizing E.G.&G sonar
equipment. This left little doubt as to the vessel's structural confirmation.
The following month of December brought with it a dive to the confirmed
wreck site by Michaud and fellow diver Mike Turner. Although underwatervisibility
was at an all time low of one foot, a total of fifteen small <http://www.subsearecovery.com/ca35im12.htm>artifacts
were recovered from around the wreck's pressure-hull. It was noticed that
the wreck overall was heavily encased in huge drifts of sand ledges, as
is to be expected in the area. As an example, just several miles to the
west the 325 foot long wreckage of the steam-freighter "Dixie Sword"
is almost completely covered in the same pattern of sand disposition.
- In March of 1995 Michaud and his group incorporated as
Trident Research & Recovery, Inc. and by June the new company had filed
for, and received, exclusive rights of salvage for the German Type XI-B
U-Boat in the First Federal District Court in Boston. Under this Admiralty
claim, Civil Action No. 95-11374RCL, Trident continued its survey of the
- Of special interest to the company was the exact disposition
of the wreckage and how this information correlated with the known research
- An Archaeologist was added to the survey team to insure
proper methodology in the project. Additional Archivists and Researchers
were consulted and the process of discovery continued both in the Archival
repositories and on the site of the wreck itself.
- VII.T O D A Y
- As of August, 1997 Trident Research & Recovery, Inc.
and <http://www.subsearesearch.com/home.htm>Sub-Sea Research, Inc.
of Portland, Maine combined their resources in order to bring the latter's
experience, expertise and high technology ability to bear on the Project.
Trident and Sub-Sea had been working jointly on other interesting research
projects in the recent past, so it seemed only natural to combine the resources
of both companies on the "Operation CA-35" Project.
- The new Joint Venture will concentrate on obtaining video-tape
footage of the Type XI-B wreck site and is presently planning on follow-up
recovery operations. All vessel artifacts so recovered are slated for preservation
and ultimate public display at the U.S.S. Salem Museum located in Quincy,
Massachusetts. Needless to say, this should make for a rather impressive
and informative stage for further public dissemination.
- It should be noted that Trident has attempted on many
occasions to open a dialogue with the respective offices of the U.S. Department
of State, the Federal Republic of Germany and the U.S. Department of the
Navy. All such requests for open discussion have gone ignored. It is hoped
that in the near future this situation can be resolved. However, given
the political revelations as described above, its really not very surprising
that Government offices refuse to discuss this Project and its related
- Several Senators and Congressmen have been notified by
Trident in an attempt to both open such dialogues and assist in further
investigations into the original 1944 incident. We at Trident and Sub-Sea
believe that there will probably be more developments in this area as the
Project moves forward.
- As an additional note, if all of those very fine authors
listed in Section "C" of the following Source Citations had been
aware of the existence and deployment of the German Type XI-B there is
no doubt that they too would have put the pieces together! Apparently,
the missing link was the Type XI.
- VIII. R E C E N T R E S E A R C H
- There has been some very interesting revelations in the
Project's follow-up of research data. Due to the efforts of contributing
researcher Mr. Eric Brothers U.S. State Department Protocol documents are
now available to confirm one of this investigation's long-standing curiosities
- the visit of members of the Dutch Royal Family to Chatham, Cape Cod during
the very same time-frame in which the German Type XI-B U-Boat was known
to have been operational off Cape Cod.
- These documents consist of a series of notifications
between the representatives of the Dutch Royal Family in exile and the
Protocol Section of the Department of State. On the surface they do indeed
appear to be routine in nature. It is only when viewed with the other known
occurrences off Cape Cod at this time that these Protocol records seem
to indicate more than just routine procedure.
- For example: One of the most obvious details that stand
out is the sudden departure from Chatham of Princess Juliana and her royal
attendants on the morning of the 26th. of August, 1944, only hours after
the known destruction of the Type XI fourteen miles to the southeast. This,
combined with a published news report in the local Cape Cod Times for that
date, quote the Princess as opening a short public statement upon her departure,
stating: "I will not talk about anything political and cannot take
questions". She goes on to say how the Royal Family enjoyed their
stay at the Chatham Bars Inn, etc.
- Within five minutes the impromptu interview is over and
the Royal Family departs by car for Boston enroute to Canada. The fact
that these State Department Protocol documents were only declassified at
the time Mr. Brothers requested to view them in July of 1997 is possibly
indicative - fifty four years after the fact.
- To add to this new information Trident had conducted
background research into the Dutch Royal Family due to its suspicions and
has confirmed the following:
- 1) The Royal Consort, Prince Bernhardt, Husband of Juliana
since 1937, was previous to their marriage an active card-carrying member
of Hitler's black-shirted SS.
- 2) Prince Consort Bernhardt was employed prior to, during,
and after the war by I.G.Farben's Industrial Espionage Unit "NW-7"
which, needless to say, placed him under great suspicions by both the British
and American intelligence communities. The mere fact of his employment
as an "industrial spy" for Farben places him squarely within
the sphere of the German Industrial community, links for which have already
been established with the Type XI-B U-Boat.
- There are many more details regarding the Dutch Royal
Family, Prince Bernhardt, Princess Juliana and the German Industrialists
which have not been included in this specific brief due to space considerations.
However, the basic facts as listed above give very strong indications regarding
the Dutch Royal visit to Cape Cod at this specific time in July and August
of 1944. Suffice it to say that there is the very strong possibility that
Prince Consort Bernhardt, through his wife Princess Juliana, may very well
have been acting as a sort of liaison or facilitator in connections for
Armistice Negotiations between German Industrialists and certain members
of the American Department of State and Intelligence Community. The final
proof for this is as yet not confirmed, but the stage is certainly set
for such endeavors. Perhaps the amplified documentation for such a situation
is contained within the hull of the Type XI off Cape Cod.