Who hasn’t heard of the Sound of Music, an immensely popular movie about the von Trapp family.
But behind the idyllic portrayal of the family lies a darker origin. I will not focus on the singing legacy in this blog but more on that ‘darker side of the story.
Georg von Trapp’s first wive was Agatha Whitehead granddaughter of Robert Whitehead, the inventor of the modern torpedo.
And how bizarre this may sound for Austria is a landlocked country, Georg von Trapp was a captain in the Austro-Hungarian navy during WWI. The Austro-Hungarian Empire or the Dual Monarchy did include some of the Baltic nations.
After World War I broke out, he was given command of the U-Boat U-5, a small, 100-foot-long submarine displacing 240 tons, on April 17, 1915. U-5’s ventilation system wasn’t in the best of state and sometimes filled the sub with poisonous fumes.While in command of SM U-5…
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