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Baralong Incident

The Baralong Incident was an unprosecuted war crime of World War I.

On August 19, 1915, U-27, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Wegener, was sunk by the Q-Ship HMS Baralong[?], commanded by Lieutenant Godfrey Herbert. Herbert ordered that all German survivors, including Wegener, should be executed on the spot. Although the British Admiralty[?] tried to keep this atrocity a secret, news reached Germany and the "Baralong Incident" was used to justify increased cruelty at sea both during World War One and after.

A Kriegsmarine submarine flotilla formed on June 25, 1938, was named "Wegener" in memory of this incident.



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