This film came directly from the private collection of Captain MERTEN and had never been seen before.
Part of this DVD comes from Sharkhunters Member Captain MERTEN and it shows his entry into Lorient while the bunkers are being built. It also shows a parade in Berlin with a naval contingent marching with the Legion Condor. It was only after SHARKHUNTERS broke the story that several U-boats as well as SCHARNHORST and GNEISENAU also participated in the Spanish Civil War, the U-boat participation was Operation ‘URSULA’.
There is another portion that has interviews with MERTEN and some of the survivors of the CITY of CAIRO that he sank in the war. When he pulled away from the survivors that dark night, he felt sorry for them and he was absolutely certain that they had no chance of survival.
His final comment as he pulled away; “Goodnight. Sorry for sinking you.”
Yet most survived and made it more than 2,000 miles to a tiny island in the South Atlantic. None of them had any ill will toward MERTEN. Years later, those who survived looked upon it as an adventure.
Merten was decorated with the Knights Cross with Oak Leaf.