Krug, Hans-Joachim 1919- (Achim Krug)

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KRUG, Hans-Joachim 1919- (Achim Krug)


Born March 1, 1919, in Dessau, Germany; son of Hans (a film export manager) and Elisabeth (a homemaker) Krug; married Charlotte Spode, May 9, 1951; children: Barbara. Ethnicity: "German." Religion: Lutheran.


Home—Winibaldstrasse 37, Wolfratshausen, 82515, Germany; fax: +49-8171-17863.


German Navy, career officer, 1938-78, served as executive officer of submarine patrols in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans during World War II, prisoner of war after World War II, assigned to public media department in Bonn, Germany, 1956-59, executive and commanding officer of Fletcher-class destroyers, 1959-61, 1964-66, German military representative to North Atlantic Treaty Organization, 1961-64, department head at German Fleet Radar School, 1966-68, military attache at German embassy in Tokyo, Japan, 1969-73, staff member with German naval intelligence, 1973-78, retiring as lieutenant commander; Dresdner Bank, Frankfurt, West Germany, worked in protocol department, 1978-79; naval advisor for the production of the film Das Boot, 1979-81; Editores Nacionales, Guayaquil, Ecuador, instructor to press photographers, 1985. Worked in film industry as a camera operator, including work in Iceland and Easter Islands.


Military: Iron Cross, second class; Fleet War Medal; Submarine War Medal; Submarine Front Badge; Japanese Decoration of Holy Treasure, third class.


Milit. Taschen Lexikon, Athenäum Verlag (Bonn, West Germany), 1958.

Japan Handbuch, Steiner Verlag (Wiesbaden, West Germany), 1981.

(With others) Reluctant Allies: German-Japanese Naval Relations in World War II, Naval Institute Press (Annapolis, MD), 2001.

Some writings appear under pseudonym Achim Krug.


Hans-Joachim Krug told CA: "My literary work was to a large degree stimulated by my professional background and my interest in military policies and history.

"My second tour of duty in Asia and the fact that, so far, very little had been published about German-Japanese naval relations enticed me to supplement my personal experience as a participant with studies of official and other sources in archives and publications in Germany, Japan, France, England, and the United States.

"In writing on this topic I could satisfy my desire to preserve the knowledge about the Axis powers' attempts at naval cooperation up to and during World War II."



Air and Space Power Journal, fall, 2002, Frank P. Donnini, review of Reluctant Allies: German-Japanese Naval Relations in World War II, p. 115.

Naval War College Review, autumn, 2002, Holger H. Herwig, review of Reluctant Allies, p. 125.