Otto Dietergaertner

Otto Dietergaertner

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Document reference: (KV 2/1296)

Otto Dietergaertner (b. 1919) was one of three German agents (the others being an Indian, Henry Obed, and Dietergaertner's fellow South West African, Herbert Tributh who landed by small boat at Toe Head near Skibbereen in south-west Ireland in July 1940. They came ashore with high explosives and sabotage equipment, which they intended to infiltrate into the UK to attack unknown targets. However, having been spotted by local officials before they had even landed, the three were swiftly picked up and were arrested at Cork City on 7 July.

All three agents are recorded on Dietergaertner's file, which includes considerable correspondence between Britain and Ireland and with the authorities in South West Africa and India about their past histories, copies of their interrogation reports and statements and photographs of Dietergaertner and Tributh. There is an interesting report on the reaction of all the German prisoners when they were told that they were being moved from Mountjoy to Athlone in May 1942 (which also notes that the Germans received monies passed to them by IRA prisoners). There is also a photograph of the sabotage equipment brought into Ireland, which includes a container for high explosives disguised as processed French peas. Dietergaertner was paroled in September 1946 and deported to Germany in April 1947.