SHARKHUNTERS Salutes Veterans
GÜNTHER POSER (322-1987)
GÜNTHER POSER took over U-202 after Hans Linder. This boat, under Linder, had been instrumental in the spy effort as it was U-202 that put four agents ashore at Amagansett, Long Island, New York as part of Operation PASTORUS. Upon his return to base, command of the boat was handed to POSER. Under Linder, U-202 sank more than half a dozen ships. POSER took command on 1 June 1942 and in one year, sank only three ships. He was captured when U-202 was sunk.
When Germany was again allowed to have a Navy in the mid-1950’s, POSER joined the Bundsmarine and rose to the rank of Konteradmiral. His last posting was head of the Abwehr/Intelligence for NATO. He retired to his home in Simonstown, South Africa which was also the headquarters of the South African Navy.
Sharkhunters President HARRY COOPER (1-LIFE-1983) spent a day with Admiral POSER in Bonn, then the Capital of West Germany where, in POSER‘s words – the government did their ‘muddling about‘. GÜNTHER POSER was a very proper and correct man as COOPER saw as they were waiting for a red light to change so they could walk across the street. COOPER and POSER waited for the red light to change to green, even though there were no cars in sight but a professor from the University walked across against the red light.
“Like the natives in Africa!” POSER said to COOPER. “That man has no character, no order!“