Heinz-Wilhelm Eck

Siegerjustiz and the Peleus Affair

by Dwight R. Messimer

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Dwight R. Messimer teaches history at San Jose State University and is the author of several titles, including The Merchant U-boat (Annapolis, 1988)

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This article was published on 28 Mar 1998.

Heinz-Wilhelm Eck

Siegerjustiz and the Peleus Affair

Chapter One - Eck's career, U-852's only patrol and the sinking of SS Peleus and the loss of U-852 and its crew's imprisonment.

Chapter Two - The first day of the trial. The procecution and the defence prepare their cases.

Chapter Three - The second and third days of the trial.

Chapter Four - The fourth day of the trial. The execution of Eck and two of his crew members. Closing words.

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Books dealing with this subject include

An Operational Necessity. Griffin, Gwyn, 1999. (transl.)
Silent Hunters. Savas, Theodore P. (editor), 1997. (transl.)
Trial of Heinz Eck, August Hoffmann, Walter Weisspfennig, Hans Richard Lenz and Wolfgang Schwender (The Peleus Trial). Cameron, John (editor), 1948.
Verdammter Atlantik. Herlin, Hans, 1994. (transl.)

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