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JÜRGEN  OESTEN  (1681-1990)
Kriegsmarine, U-Bootwaffe
Skipper of U-61, U-106 and U-861
Flotillenchef, 9th U-Bootflottille

 

JÜRGEN OESTEN was born 24 October 1913 in Berlin and was in Naval Academy Class 1933.  In addition to commanding three combat submarines in the war, he also set up the 9th U-Bootflottille at Brest.

He was decorated with the Knights Cross
                                                   

 
     
 

Back home, OESTEN (center) and other Skippers discuss strategy and tactics.

     
 
     
 
     
 

Photos above by MATT THELEN of the documents for the ceremony crossing the equator, paying homage to "King Neptune"

Below are photos of OESTEN's three boats.

 

Pre-war photo above of U-61, which OESTEN put into commission on 12 August 1939

Photo below is U-106 at sea on a Feindfahrt (war patrol)

 

Below are two different views of the giant Type IX-D2 boat, U-861, the last boat OESTEN commanded.

 

U-861 is dockside with U-995, the boat of HANS-GEORG HESS (125-1985)

You may listen to JÜRGEN  OESTEN by clicking these clips:

from DVD-60, 1994 interview with OESTEN      
SCENE 1   SCENE 2   SCENE 3

from DVD-66, the 2000 interview with OESTEN     
SCENE 1   SCENE 2   SCENE 3

JÜRGEN  OESTEN hand signed some of our very rare fine art prints.  Click on the prints to see their descriptions.
  
           
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