German tragedy of destiny

Steuben

 

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The 'Steuben' transporting wounded left on 10 February the port of Pillau.

 

On board were nearly 3,000 wounded, 800 refugees and beside the crew many doctors, nurses and medical personnel.

 

During the journey was constantly operated and amputated; still, many seriously wounded died of their injuries.

 

Off Stolpmünde the ship was torpedoed and sunk by the Soviet submarine 'S 13' under the command of Lieutenant-Commander Alexandr I. Marinesko who at the end of January 1945 also sank the 'Wilhelm Gustloff'.

 

The few wounded who were able to flee the sinking ship, froze in the icy water.

 

Only 659 people survided the horror, more than 3,600 died in this catastrophe.

 

3,600 dead