By John Biggins
During this ironic, hilarious, and poignant tale, Otto Prohaska is a submarine captain serving the almost-landlocked Austro-Hungarian Empire. He faces a bunch of not going situations, from petrol poisoning to exploding toilets to trigger-happy Turks. All symptoms aspect to the entire cave in of the bloated empire he serves, yet Otto refuses to desert the Habsburgs of their hour of want.
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They’re berthing you in a cabin aboard Pelikan, which is home from home for most of us here. ” We walked up to the Hotel Neptune together. I felt that I had better make conversation, since this young man seemed engagingly friendly. “Tell me, Herr Fregattenl—” “Oh, none of that nonsense please. We’re all very informal out here where the Admiral can’t see us. . Straussler. ” “Chlorine. Some silly idiot left one of the ventilators open when we did a practice dive off Cattaro last month and we took in a lot of water.
But there is a war on, we are expected to become operational by the end of this month and we’re certainly going to have to go below thirty metres when we get into action. I quite understand your hesitation after what happened in March; also that you don’t feel totally confident with a new captain. But there we are: we are all sailors of Austria, we all volunteered for the U-Boat Service—in respect of which, I might add, many of you receive allowances that practically double your basic pay and I could send any or all of you back to sandpapering the anchor on a battleship if I felt like it.
Let us at least get the introductions over. So I strode along the quayside towards my new command. Three men were tinkering with some unidentifiable piece of machinery on the quayside. Two of them were engine-room ratings, in striped singlets and black up to the elbows, while the third seemed to be an Engineer Warrant Officer. As I neared them I was also able to look around the conning tower of U8, and noticed with some disquiet that a man was standing there, lashed to the superstructure with a network of ropes.