German: Cruise Ship “Robert Ley” “Kraft Durch freude” 12th July to 17th July 1939 booklet.
Small booklet for the Cruise ship and travel, has been used so some of the ticket information is missing but still a very interesting piece of Third Reich history in paper form. Condition is very good.
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Until the beginning of World War II on 1 September 1939, the Robert Ley was used as a cruise ship for the Strength through Joy(Kraft durch Freude) organisation.
In May 1939, she sailed together with the KdF ships Wilhelm Gustloff Stuttgart, Der Deutsche and Sierra Cordoba and the ship Oceana to Vigo Spain, where the fleet arrived on 24 May and unloaded medical and other materials for the nationalist government. On 26 May, the troops of the Condor Legion came on board, 1416 men on the Robert Ley, returning to Hamburg on 30 May.
Shortly before the beginning of the Second World War, the Robert Ley was taken over on 25 August 1939 as a hospital ship by the German Navy and converted accordingly in Hamburg. Due to a lack of demand, she was decommissioned on 22 November 1939 as a hospital ship and instead, after further conversion was used as living quarters of the 1st Submarine Training Division in Neustadt, assigned from July 1941 at Pillau . From the end of July 1944 she was used as a casualty transport ship in the Baltic Sea, then from September 1944 again as an accommodation ship, this time for the 1st Submarine Training Division in Hamburg-Finkenwerder. After the breakthrough of the Red Army on the Eastern Front, the Robert Ley was used inOperation Hannibal for the evacuation of civilians and wounded from East Prussia . She left Pillau on 25 January 1945.
On 9 March 1945, the Robert Ley was in the Port of Hamburg during an air raid on the city by the Royal Air Force. The ship received several bomb hits and burned out completely. The still-floating wreck was still in the harbour basin until June 1947, when it was towed to the UK and scrapped.