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U-35 Commander Werner Lott
Kptlt. Werner Lott was commander of U-35
from 15 August 1937 until 29 November 1939.
He was born on 03 December 1907 in Willenberg, East Prussia. He entered the Navy in 1926 (Crew 1926). He was promoted to the rank of Kapitänleutnant
(Lietenant Commander) on 01 October
1934 (10th in the class). From September 1936 - 31 March 1937, he was commander of U-21. During April 1937, he participated in ship construction lessons at Germaniawerft, Kiel. From 15 April 1937 to 15
August 1937, he was commander of U-32
"I was named as commander of U-35 by Dönitz personally on 15 August 1937. Thereupon I gave up command of U-32 to Paul Büchel" 
Werner Lott 
Werner Lott 
Werner Lott, on board U-35.
Around August 20,1939 we had held exercises with all our U-boats in the deeper waters of the Central Baltic Sea for a manoeuvre that Hitler had ordered to show off to the king of Italy on his state visit August 24-28, 1939, if I remember the dates correctly. Hitler had been impressed on his state visit to Italy May 1939 by a rather static display of submerged power in Naples Bay and now Hitler wanted to impress him with daring and very mobile manoeuvres. All went well on this exercise around Hitler's aviso Grille and thereafter we all entered Swinemünde Harbour. There the U-boat captains were invited to lunch with him onboard Grille where CinC Raeder presided and Doenitz was also present. After lunch a most unusual thing happened: Raeder rose, made a few complimentary remarks and then said "Have you any questions?" I knew him personally well and shot without a second's hesitation the question at him: "We cannot help feeling that we are drifting towards war - is
that really unavoidable?" And he also answered without hesitation: "Hitler has so far achieved so much in his six years in power that I do not think he will risk all the positive achievements in a hazardous war." 
On board U-35, Werner Lott (right) with Albert Thomason, master of ALVIS, during the first war patrol. 
On 3rd-4th October 1939, Werner Lott oversaw the events
surrounding the DIAMANTIS incident which drew
international attention. Decades later, it also drew the praise and thanks of
Werner Lott being addressed by Admiral Karl Dönitz and staff, upon return from the first war patrol. U-35 in background. 
He received the Iron Cross, second class
, in October 1939.
On board HMS KINGSTON after the sinking of U-35, Werner Lott
entered the following note in the wardroom visitor's book: "Wishing you the best of luck except against German U-Boats" [38,49].
He was assigned POW Number 37421
Werner Lott departing HMS Kingston in Glasgow, Scotland.
Our experiences with HMS Kingston and Kashmir were extraordinarily good after our boat had gone down. I was picked up as the last but one and as my life saver had been damaged when the U-boat sank under my feet I was already completely exhausted and stiff from the cold water. Somerville made a perfect manoeuvre and they threw me a rope which I could not hold in my stiff fingers. To my amazement they lowered a boat, hauled me into it and threw me like a bag onto the destroyer's deck because I had become too weak to jump on my own in the heavy sea. Under a doctor's supervision I was put into a hot bath and a bottle of Scotch held to my mouth which altogether gave all of us an astonishingly quick recovery.
went without difficulty. In Greenock we were handed over to a Scottish battalion guarding us under the command of a Major. In the night
train to London Dec 2/3 39 all in our carriage were alarmed around midnight
It so happened that I was escorted into the Tower of London on my 32nd
birthday, the 3rd of December 1939. Heavily guarded by the Scotch Guards I
was put into a prison cell down in the basement with a rusty bedstead as its
only furniture. It was a cold winter and there was a fireplace, but with no
fire in it. And a piece of paper pinned to the wall contained the
regulations of the Geneva Convention in broken German: Please your holding power and do what they say!
suddenly a commotion in front of
my cell and when the door opened no lesser a person appeared than Lord Louis
As recollected by Werner Lott and Lord Mountbatten,
Mountbatten: She is a free woman living in a free country. You are a prisoner-of-war in our hands. I don’t see what you can do to help her?
I was also allowed to see my officers who had made the same experience and I kept thinking of Lt. Commander Sommerville's advice when I left his ship: treatment by the army will be different, but do not take it as bad will - it is lack of experience. A very sound advice that I have followed throughout the long years of prisonership,
very likely to everybody's benefit. And when we were invited by the Admiralty to our parole dinner where Commander Halahan acted as host I could not help thinking:
Why are we fighting each other? 
Several days later, Werner Lott and the other U-35 officers and the cook, Martin Müller, were moved to Grizedale Hall. In Grizedale Hall (also known as "U-Boat
Hotel"), Werner Lott was associated with the unsuccessful escape attempt of Luftwaffe pilot Franz von Werra . This was described in the post-war book "The One
That Got Away" (click to view excerpt)  which also became a
movie by that name.
Werner Lott was promoted to the rank of Korvettenkapitän
(Commander) on 01 November 1940 while in England as a POW. [1,3,15]
Beckmann (U-27), Albert Schrader (U-35), Werner Lott (U-35), Johannes Franz (U-27), Schilling (L.I. U-33), Hans Jenisch (U-32), Hans-Joachim Roters (U-35), Johannes Becker (U-33), Anton Thimm (LI, U-32), Fritz Erbshäuser (U-32), [unknown].  The dog on the left was named "Hexe" (witch) and belonged to Hans-Joachim Roters; the dog on the right was named "Flaps" and belonged to Becker. 
U-35 crewmembers assembled at the Grande-Ligne
POW camp in Quebec, Canada, 1944.
When I as the leader of the German Mobile Exhibition Central and
East Africa met the prosperous farmer Halahan and his family on the slopes of Mount Elgon in Kenya 25 years later we had a memorable celebration - and we asked each other the same question - "Why were we fighting each other?"
When I participated in a conference of the European Training Institute in Paris which was held in London several years ago I entertained my wife to dinner in Scotts
Restaurant and also visited the Tower of London under a Beefeater’s guide. When the tour was over and question time opened I asked our guide whether one of the beefeaters had ever shown around somebody who had actually sat in the Tower as a prisoner. "Oh no", he said, "these times are long past." And he was quite
astounded when I told him afterwards about my stay in the Tower. 
Werner Lott at a reunion of the U-35 crew.
Your chief Engineer, my old friend, Gerhard Stamer, has written to inform me that you will be celebrating your 70th birthday on the 3rd December.
When Gerhard Stamer
The newspaper clippings of the DIAMANTIS case give only the Greek captain’s version of the story. Ours was considerably different.
He visited Ireland in 1984:
Sean Cleary with Werner Lott in 1984 at Cleary's farmhouse in Ballymore, Ventry, Ireland, where the Greek crew found refuge after the DIAMANTIS was sunk. 
Jimmy Fenton with Werner Lott in 1984, at the point where U-35 landed the 28 Greek sailors at Ventry harbor, Ireland in October 1939. As a young boy, Jimmy Fenton witnessed the event. [34,41]
[35,14] Werner Lott returns to the Tower of London. This photo, taken in September 1984 by Yeoman Warder Brian Harrison, was posed in front of the
metal railing to the west of the White Tower. The open area behind Mr. Lott was the site of his former prison, the Main Guard, which was destroyed by German
bombs in December 1941. The 1984 visit was recorded by Brian Harrison in an article in The Legion in early 1985 (click to view).
died on 02 May 1997. [1,15]
C 26 - Am 2. Mai 1997 verstarb unser Crewkamerad, Korvettenkapitän aD Werner Lott, im Alter von 89 Jahren.
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