The God Damn Kaiser – 1903 – Arctic

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series TGK - The Great War

June 1903

“Welcome to Thulehaven, Vizeadmiral, the Gibraltar of the Arctic,” said the Konteradmiral as he saluted the newly debarked Vizeadmiral. The Vizeadmiral’s deputy and commander of the Arctic Squadron, one of the three constituent parts of Marinestation der Arctic had been waiting for him at pierside.

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The Goddamn Kaiser – 1905 – Arctic

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series TGK - The Great War

1905 – Late Jan – Arctic

Kapitänleutnant Baurer reread the radio message that the on-duty radioman had just transcribed and handed to him. “Marine Station der Arctic requests an updated forecast for the next two days”. A seemingly innocuous message, but one that Bauer had been waiting for since the prior summer. Despite his very low rank, as commanding officer of the Reichsinstitut Deutsche Seewarte and the Deutsche Seefischerei-Verein double station on Bar Insel, he had been brought into the planning for Case Green the middle of the previous summer. He had to be, because men from his station would be the first ones to strike at the enemy. And if all went well, it would be weeks before the Russians would even know the war had started.

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