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Nuremberg trial transcripts and documents from the Collection of General William J. Donovan

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Volume 008
Subdivision Subdivision 14 / Conduct of Warfare Generally
Part Not applicable
Section 14.18 (Salman interrogation, 2 Nov. 1945)
Title Interrogation of Otto Salman
Pages 1
Pages Supplemental None
Date 1945-11-02
Language English
Author John B. Martin, Lt .(JG)
Witness Otto Salman
Other Names Doenitz
Other Dates 15 November 1939
Abstract This document is a summary of an interrogation of Otto Salman, commander of U-Boat 52. The subject is submarine warfare and the oral order given by Doenitz that U-boat commanders should not attempt to rescue or assist survivors of U-boats attacks if doing so puts their respective boats in jeopardy. Salman is also unequivocal about the Germans' "sink at sight" policy, by which U-boat commanders were enjoined to sink ships operating in Blockade Zones (apart from hospital ships) without warning, whether or not these ships were armed. This document is a single-spaced typewritten copy; the small-size type varies in quality from very good to poor. The paper is sturdy and in good condition.
Keywords "Sink at Sight"; Survivors; Rescue efforts; Neutral shipping; Merchant shipping; Submarine warfare; Sea Warfare; Blockade Zones; RADAR