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    Posted: 12 Oct 2015 at 15:32
My grandpa Wolfgang Schrader was deployed on July 02, 1915, (himself still 20 years old and legally a minor according to German law) as "private" and "Marinestabsgefechtsschreiber" ( staff translator ) to Hersingstand, the easternmost German submarine hideout on the Southern Shore of the Gulf of Suvla. 

My question: does anyone of the researchers in this Forum have any detailed info where this Hersingstand was exactly located?  Wolf mentions in the link above a hill called Varila Tepe, and in!marine-landungsabteilung/cd42 Oberleutnant Boltz (commander of Marinelandungsabteilung Machine Gunners) talks about Hersingstand being located "north of the village of Taifur" ( today:  Tayfurk√∂y ). 

Has anybody been in that area and found remains of Hersingstand?

Hersingstand was erected in July 1915 by Wolfgang Schrader together with two petty officers. Schrader was an horticultural engineer trained in Belgium and Germany, the Germans actually grew their own vegetables in their hideouts and also at the base in Constantinople.  The location of the outlook was specifically selected by Kapit√§nleutnant Otto Hersing. Hersingstand had a dedicated German telephone line to German HQ Liman Sanders in Gallipoli and to Turkish HQ ( Kemal Bey ) in Kemalyere. Schrader and the other crew members of Hersingstand communicated with U 21 and other German  vessels operating in the Gulf of Suvla via Signal Lights, and so enabled Hersing and others  to communicate with Turkish and German HQs. 

About the later purpose of Hersingstand Klaus Wolf writes:

All submarines, which wanted to go through the Dardanelles, landed at Hersingstand, to take the commander of Marine-Landungsabteilung (German Naval Deployment Force) as Pilot on board. This was necessary, since the Allies had made the whole coastal area almost unpassable with nets and mines, and even tried to extend these barriers wherever possible. The approximate arrival time of a submarine was submitted to the commander of Landungsabteilung by radio by the German Fleet Commmand. The commander Landungsabteilung in turn informed the commander of the 5th army, to avoid "friendly" artillery fire on the own submarines. After the actual arrival the commander Landungsabteilung was informed, who arrived after a four-hour ride on horseback at "Hersingstand" and went on board. the voyage around the coast into the Dardanelles, which always had to take place in complete darkness, took 8-9 hours and initially ended in the Bay of Maidos. There the submarines remained for one or two days, primarily to provide the crews with the opportunity for recreation on-shore. The Landungsabteilung had erected special accomodation and also provided means for sports and other recreational activities. On exit from the Dardanelles the commander Landungsabteilung went on board again and left the submarines after passage of the barriers at Suvla Bay.

(Text by Klaus Wolf (from his webpage), translation by Yildirim ( JS )). 

Edited by Yildirim - 13 Oct 2015 at 07:53
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