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Wolfgang Rehbach was a young Naval Fähnrich when he volunteered to be attached to the Luftwaffe as an observer in a sea Recon Squadron. In 1944 he pulled the old Navy uniform on again to train as a Uboot man, but never got to serve as the war ended. Many years later he retired as a LT col in the Bundeswehr, where he commanded a panzer unit.

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The key to this all is the (M) between his rank and his name on the EK award docs, it stands for "Marine".
Rehbach was involved in the PQ17 convoy fiasco, in fact, it was Rehbach who discovered the Escort ships to the convoy.
The British had Battleships seperate from the regular escort ships as they wanted to entice the German battleships out of the Fjords to engage them in combat, Rehbach, when he saw the regular escort, mistook a Cruiser for a Battleship and sent that info back to base. Partially because of this, the Germans kept their battleships safe in Norway and attacked PQ17 with torpedo Bombers and U-Boots causing what Churchill called, the greatest sea disaster of WW2.

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