I hope no one minds if I ask for help if anyone could translate the German message on this POW card from a U-boat officer (Rolf Pinger) from U-571 held in POW Camp 44.
I have attached two scans one from the front and a cleaned up (photoshop) black and white one of the message side.
One of the problems I have with my collection of German POW materialis that I do not speak or read German !!!. Hence my request for help. The reason I am intersted in this particular card is that it is from one naval officer to another not to a family member as is more usual.
There is quite a lot of info on the web about these two officers which is quite interesting. This includes the British intelligence report on the sinking and survivors of U-571. Sometimes these read like a story from the Boys Own World with dastardly Germans and heroic British. An example is this quote re Pinger seehttps://www.uboatarchive.net/Int/U-517INT.htm(iv) Second Lieutenant
The Second Lieutenant, Leutnant zur See Rolf Pingel, aged 21, had joined the German Navy direct from school. He refused to give any details of his career, but it is not thought that it was of any interest. He was a typical Hitler Youth movement product, entirely lacking in manners and making a very poor impression.
The recipient is also interesting as he served in U-boats but never commanded one but then he fought in a tank destroyer battalion at the end of the war and then apparently in Dönitz's personal protection unit. He survived the war.